Key Information

Appropriate Tests


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



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




Tinea corporis, cruris

Skin scrapings - MCS fungal.

  • Trichophyton spp


  • Microsporum spp


  • Epidermophyton floccosum


Tinea pedis, manuum

Skin scrapings - MCS fungal.

  • Trichophyton rubrum


  • Trichophyton mentagrophytes




  • Epidermophyton floccosum



Nail clippings - MCS fungal.

  • T. rubrum


  • T. mentagrophytes


  • Candida albicans


  • Geotrichum candidum