|Description:||Magnified 475X, this photomicrograph depicts some of the structural morphology of the fungus, Trichophyton tonsurans. A dermatophyte, these T. tonsurans organisms display mycelia, or branching hyphae, i.e., the vegetative portion of the fungus, and numerous microconidia.|
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.