|Description:||The sole of this patient’s right foot displayed a rash that had been diagnosed as tinea pedis, or ringworm of the foot, and had been caused by the dermatophytic fungal organism, Trichophyton mentagrophytes.|
Dermatophyte infections can affect the skin on almost any area of the body, such as the scalp, legs, arms, feet groin, and nails. These infections are usually itchy. Redness, scaling, cracking of the skin, or a ring-shaped rash may occur. If the infection involves the scalp or beard, hair may fall out. Infected nails become discolored, thick, and may possibly crumble. More serious infections may lead to an abscess or cellulitis.