Tinea

Last updated: Saturday, 14, August, 2010
Key InformationAppropriate Tests
Fungal microscopy and culture 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. Fungal microscopy and culture of nodule and broken hairs.
  • Trichosporon beigelii

Piedra, black (scalp)

Hard black nodules on infected hair. Fungal microscopy and culture of nodule/hair.

Piedraia hortae

Skin

Tinea corporis, cruris

Skin scrapings - fungal microscopy and culture.
  • Trichophyton spp
  • Microsporum spp
  • Epidermophyton floccosum 

Tinea pedis, manuum

Skin scrapings - fungal microscopy and culture.
  • Trichophyton rubrum
  • Trichophyton mentagrophytes
Nails
  • Epidermophyton floccosum

Onychomycosis

Nail clippings - fungal microscopy and culture.
  • T. rubrum
  • T. mentagrophytes
  • Candida albicans
  • Geotrichum candidum