|Description:||Magnified 1000X, this photomicrograph revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology exhibited by this dermatophytic fungus, Trichophyton soudanense. Of particular interest in this image are the macroconidia that were budding from the multiseptate conidiophores.|
Dermatophytes are types of fungi that cause common skin, hair and nail infections. Infections caused by these fungi are also known by the names “tinea” and “ringworm.” It is important to emphasize that “ringworm” is not caused by a worm, but rather by a type of fungus called a “dermatophyte.” One example of a very common dermatophyte infection is athlete’s foot, which is also called tinea pedis. Another common dermatophyte infection affecting the groin area is jock itch, also known as tinea cruris.