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Dermatophytes (Ringworm)

Dermatophytes are fungi that cause skin, hair, and nail infections. Infections caused by these fungi are also sometimes known as "ringworm" or "tinea." Despite the name "ringworm," this infection is not caused by a worm, but by a type of fungus. Dermatophytes can live on moist areas of the skin, on environmental surfaces, and on household items such as clothing, towels, and bedding.

Anyone can get a dermatophyte infection, including animals. Click here for more information on pets and ringworm.

For other Fungal topics, visit the Fungal Homepage.

Photomicrograph of the dermatophyte Trichophyton mentagrophytes

Photomicrograph of the dermatophyte Trichophyton mentagrophytes

Dermatophytes Topics

A green icon of a pencil and note pad.Definition

What are dermatophytes?

A green icon of a stethoscope.Symptoms

Itching, redness, hair and nail changes…

A green icon with a magnifying glass and foot print.Risk & Prevention

Who gets it and how it can be prevented…

A green icon of a petri dish.Sources of Infection

Direct contact, contaminated surfaces…

A green icon of a microscope.Diagnosis & Testing

See your health care provider, sample tissue, clinical diagnosis…

A green icon representing prescription drugs.Treatment & Outcomes

Antifungal treatment, resolution of symptoms…

 
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