|Description:||This image depicts the back of a male child’s head revealing the presence of a large scalp lesion that was diagnosed as being caused by the dermatophytic fungus, Trichophyton verrucosum. Known as ringworm, you’ll note the extreme hair loss, and chronic, or long-standing inflammatory reaction.|
Dermatophyte infections are very common. They can affect anyone, including people who are 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, and people who have close contact with animals. Some species are found more commonly in hot, humid environments. Outbreaks of infections can occur in schools, households, and institutional settings.