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Description:Magnified 475X, this photomicrograph depicts some of the structural morphology of numerous Trichophyton violaceum fungal organisms. This dermatophyte had been grown in a thiamine-enriched medium, and of note, are the macroconidia, and microconidia, which are the organism’s reproductive cells, otherwise known as spores.
Who gets dermatophyte infections?

Dermatophyte infections are very common. They can affect anyone, including people who are otherwise healthy. Dermatophyte infections may be more common among people with suppressed immune systems, people who use communal baths, and people who are involved in contact sports such as wrestling. Outbreaks of infections can occur in schools, households and institutional settings.

The dermatophyte infection that affects the scalp and hair is known as tinea capitis. It is especially common among school-aged children. For reasons that are not well understood, tinea capitis does not usually occur after puberty. Other kinds of dermatophyte infections tend to be more common in adolescents and adults.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Dr. Lucille K. Georg
Creation Date:1968
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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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