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Infection. 2018 Apr;46(2):253-257. doi: 10.1007/s15010-017-1102-4. Epub 2017 Nov 20.

Antifungal activity of Myrtus communis against Malassezia sp. isolated from the skin of patients with pityriasis versicolor.

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1
Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Dr Subotica 1, 11000, Belgrade, Serbia.
2
Clinic for Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Clinical Centre of Serbia, Bulevar Oslobodjenja 16, 11000, Belgrade, Serbia.
3
Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sassari, V. le San Pietro 43/C, 07100, Sassari, Italy.
4
Clinic for Allergology and Immunology, Clinical Centre of Serbia, Dr Koste Todorovica 2, 11000, Belgrade, Serbia.
5
Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sassari, V. le San Pietro 43/C, 07100, Sassari, Italy. abarac@jidc.org.
6
Faculty of Stomatology, University of Business Academy, Zarka Zrenjanina 179, 26000, Pancevo, Serbia.

Abstract

The increasing incidence of fungal infections and antifungal resistance has prompted the search for novel antifungal drugs and alternative agents. We explored the antifungal activity of Myrtus communis essential oil (EO) against Malassezia sp. isolated from the skin of patients with pityriasis versicolor. These broad-spectrum antimicrobial activities of M. communis EO and its potent inhibiting activity on Malassezia growth deserve further research with aim to considerate this EO as candidate for topical use in treatment of skin diseases.

KEYWORDS:

Antifungal activity; Essential oil; Malassezia; Myrtus communis; Pityriasis versicolor

PMID:
29159502
DOI:
10.1007/s15010-017-1102-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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