2023, Vol. 4, Issue 2, Part B
Diversity and seasonal variation of fungi flora from different human skin type: A research study of people in Anambra senatorial zones
Author(s): Ifeoma Sandra Anagor, Chinelo Ursula Umedum, Chidi Mmaduabuchi Onyeizugbe, Lilian Chinyere Eleanya and Stephen Nnaemeka Ezekwueche
Abstract: Background: The human skin are home to different microrganisms generally known as microbiome. The microbiome has been a research interest but there is limited scientific information on the skin fungi flora and none on its distribution according to seasonal variation, this study aimed to cover the research gap by providing information on fungal isolates from the skin among individuals from the three Anambra senatorial zones in two (Raining and dry) seasons. Methods: Questionnaire was given to the participants to get the primary data needed for this research, skin sample was collected from five different body sites using tape stripping method, culturing was done for fungal isolation, identification of the fungal isolates were done using macroscopic, microscopic morphology and molecular characterization of the isolates. The results of this research were analyzed statistically using descriptive analysis (frequency and crosstab). Results: The study findings include the isolation of seven moulds which include Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus nidulans, Aspergillus tamari, Aspergillus tamarii, Lentinus squarrosulus and Curvularia lunata, with Aspergillus niger (34.1%) having the highest distribution followed by Aspergillus nidulans (15.0%). Among the different body sites used the fingers showed to have the highest distribution of the isolates than the other sites, the fungal isolates distributed more during dry season, Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus fumigatus distributed more among study participants from Anambra North senatorial zone. Conclusion: Aspergillus is among the commonly distributed fungi genera found in the skin, also the skin mycoflora distributes differently among the body sites with the finger showing highest distribution of the isolates, seasons and individual environment has a major role to play in distribution of this fungi isolates. This study recommends the need for us to take care of our skin differently across the season to suit the natural changes in the season.
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Ifeoma Sandra Anagor, Chinelo Ursula Umedum, Chidi Mmaduabuchi Onyeizugbe, Lilian Chinyere Eleanya, Stephen Nnaemeka Ezekwueche. Diversity and seasonal variation of fungi flora from different human skin type: A research study of people in Anambra senatorial zones. J Adv Microbiol Res 2023;4(2):148-152. DOI: 10.22271/micro.2023.v4.i2b.118