Accession Number : AD0693813

Title :   DERMATOLOGIC DISEASES ASSOCIATED WITH HIGH HEAT AND HIGH HUMIDITY: A PROSPECTIVE STUDY OF MARINE RECRUITS.

Descriptive Note : Final rept., Aug 68-Jun 69,

Corporate Author : LETTERMAN ARMY INST OF RESEARCH SAN FRANCISCO CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Rau,Jerold M. ; Griffin,Tommy B. ; Pratt,Samuel B.

Report Date : 25 AUG 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : A survey of the types and incidences of skin disease in 970 Marine recruits undergoing basic training under environmental conditions of high heat and high humidity, without attempts to correlate the incidence of skin disease and eye color, hair color or complexion, revealed the following: (1) Five dermatological entities - mixed intertrigo, miliaria, superficial mycoses, pyodermas and friction blisters - accounted for 98% of all skin diseases observed. (2) Intertrigo was more common in the muscular recruits. (3) Superficial mycoses were slightly more common in Negroes, miliaria was much more common in Caucasians, and friction blisters were more severe in Caucasians. (4) Skin disease was more prevalent and more severe in hot than cool weather. (5) Acne vulgaris was not noticeably affected during the training period. (6) During the hot periods, greater than 50% of all dispensary visits and hospitalizations were for skin disease. (7) Out-patient and in-patient statistics reflect 10% or less of the true incidence of dermatological diseases present at any one time among the recruits. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SKIN(ANATOMY), DISEASES), CLIMATE, TEMPERATURE, HUMIDITY, MILITARY PERSONNEL, FUNGI, PLASMODIUM

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE