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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 253-262

To compare the efficacy of oral terbinafine alone against the combination of oral terbinafine and intense pulsed light (IPL) in difficult to treat tinea patients


Department of Dermatology, MGM Medical College & Hospital, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India

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Dr, Suraj Pawar
Department of Dermatology, MGM Medical College & Hospital, MGM Campus, N-6, CIDCO, Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/mgmj.mgmj_95_20

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Background: Dermatophytosis is a major health problem in developing countries, with their increase in resistance patterns toward various antifungals being the main reason for concern. Aim: To compare the efficacy of oral terbinafine alone against the combination of oral terbinafine and intense pulsed light (IPL) in difficult-to-treat patients with tinea. Materials and Methods: Patients were divided into two groups, A and B. Group A was given oral terbinafine  mg twice a day for two months. Group B was given oral terbinafine  mg twice a day and IPL once every 15 days for a total of two months. Patients were assessed every 15 days till two months and every one month for three months after the completion of treatment for any recurrences. Results: Among group A, out of 40 patients, 32 patients showed complete cure while only 8 showed a partial cure. Among group B, out of 40 patients, 28 patients showed complete cure while 12 showed a partial cure. Recurrence among group A was 9 patients at the end of 5 months while it was 11 in group B. Conclusion: Even though there is no statistically significant difference between the cure rate of both the groups, terbinafine alone is found to be superior clinically.


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