Tinea

Key Information

Appropriate Tests

 

MCS fungal of skin scrapings, hair, nail clippings as appropriate.

Hair

 

Tinea capitis, barbae

Collect broken hairs from the periphery of the lesion.

  • Microsporum spp

 

  • Trichophyton spp

 

Piedra, white

Soft nodules are present on involved hair. MCS fungal of nodule and broken hairs.

  • Trichosporon beigelii

 

Piedra, black (scalp)

Hard black nodules on infected hair. MCS fungal of nodule/hair.

Piedraia hortae

 

Skin

 

Tinea corporis, cruris

Skin scrapings - MCS fungal.

  • Trichophyton spp

 

  • Microsporum spp

 

  • Epidermophyton floccosum

 

Tinea pedis, manuum

Skin scrapings - MCS fungal.

  • Trichophyton rubrum

 

  • Trichophyton mentagrophytes

 

Nails

 

  • Epidermophyton floccosum

 

Onychomycosis

Nail clippings - MCS fungal.

  • T. rubrum

 

  • T. mentagrophytes

 

  • Candida albicans

 

  • Geotrichum candidum