|Description:||This image depicts three slant culture test tubes, all of which had been inoculated with Trichophyton tonsurans fungal organisms derived from a monospore culture. Of interest, were the differences in colonial morphology from one culture to the next, though the experimental circumstances were identical. |
What are dermatophytes?
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.
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|Links:||CDC - Division of Foodborne, Bacterial, and Mycotic Diseases, National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases; Dermatophytes: Ringworm|
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