Colonies are generally flat or slightly raised. Cells are thin and cylindrical.
Generally can be diagnosed by seeing a scaly rash on the foot and infection on the toenail. Skin scrapings can also be viewed under the microscope.
-Infects human keratinized tissue (skin, nails, and sometimes hair)
-Dermatophyte releases athroconidal adhesin which bind to the the host so that germination occurs and the fungus invades the skin though protease secretion
- Only parasites to humans
- Spreads through contact with infected skin scales or contact with fungi in damp areas like showers, locker rooms, or pools)
- Use antifungal ointment or prescription strength medication
This fungi occurs worldwide.