International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology
|Dermatophytes, some molds, and Malassezia and Candida yeasts are the main etiologic agents for fungal infections of the skin, hair, and nail. The sensitivity of a fungal culture varies between 25% -85% and depends upon various factor:
The culture method is currently regarded as the gold standard for confirming a clinical diagnosis of a fungal infection; however, drawbacks include false-negative culture rates ranging from 15% to 50%.
|Primary isolation of fungal species should be carried out on specific media:
Fungal cultures taken from the primary isolation media may be transferred to specified media for morphological and biochemical differentiation. For example, the media used to study conidia, non-reproductive structures, and certain biochemical properties are:
Aditya K. Gupta, MD, FRCP
London, ONT, Canada