A descriptive epidemiologic study of pediatric infectious skin diseases in the Ansan and Southwestern Area of Gyeonggi-do over a ten-year period (2003-2013)

Ji Min Lee, Il-Hwan Kim

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Background: Pediatric infectious skin diseases are different from their counterparts in adults, since the sources of infection and disease progressions are distinct. To our knowledge, there have been no reports of epidemiologic studies of pediatric infectious skin diseases in Korea. Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the distribution of pediatric infectious skin diseases in the Ansan and Southwestern area of Gyeonggi-do, and to compare the results with previous reports about general pediatric dermatoses. Methods: The authors retrospectively evaluated 4,366 cases of pediatric infectious skin diseases from July 2003 to June 2013 in the Department of Dermatology at Korea University Ansan Hospital. The monthly, seasonal, and annual incidences, as well as the ages and genders of the patients were evaluated. Results: The study included 2004 (45.0%) girls and 2362 (55.0%) boys. The most frequent age of infection was 4 to 6 years old (range 0∼15 years), and the peak incidences occurred in July, August, and January. The most common infectious dermatoses were viral (76.0%), bacterial (11.5%), fungal (8.3%), and parasitic (4.0%). The 10 most common pediatric infectious skin diseases were viral wart (45.8%), molluscum contagiosum (20.9%), impetigo (10.3%), tinea (7.1%), scabies (3.8%), herpes zoster (2.5%), varicella (1.6%), herpes simplex (1.5%), eczema herpeticum (1.1%), and cellulitis (0.9%). Conclusion: Compared to previously published reports, the distribution of pediatric infectious skin diseases has changed and was different from general pediatric dermatoses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-429
Number of pages7
JournalKorean Journal of Dermatology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1



  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious skin disease
  • Pediatric dermatoses
  • Pediatric infectious skin disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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