E-ISSN 2146-3077
Original Article
The Epidemiology of Demodex mites at the College Students Living in Dormitories in the City of Ordu
1 Ordu Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Tıbbi Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, Ordu, Türkiye  
2 Ordu Üniversitesi Fen Edebiyat Fakültesi, Biyoloji Anabilim Dalı, Ordu, Türkiye  
3 Ordu Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Aile Hekimliği Anabilim Dalı, Ordu, Türkiye  
4 İnönü Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Halk Sağlığı Anabilim Dalı, Malatya, Türkiye  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2014; 38: 166-171
DOI: 10.5152/tpd.2014.3517
Key Words: Demodex, college students, Ordu, epidemiology

Objective: Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis can cause different skin and eye symptoms. There are indications showing that the prevalence of these parasites is higher in public places. In this direction, the study was aimed to determine the prevalence of demodex in university students, inhabiting in dormitories.


Methods: The study consisted of 300 men and women, college students who were staying in the dormitories in the city of Ordu. Random sampling method was used in the sample selection. Each participating student had to sign a patient’s consent form, before samples were taken using standard superficial skin biopsies from the faces of the patients. The samples were embedded in Entellan mounting solution and examined under the light microscope.


Results: Samples were taken from 300 college students (170 males and 130 females) aged between 18-30 years, and in 110 (37%) of them, demodex mites were found. No significant differences were found between gender, age, type of skin or skin care, and Demodex incidence.


Conclusion: Demodex mites are very prevalent in college students studying in Ordu.

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