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Dermatophyte microscopy and culture

Category Microbiology
Test background
Clinical Indications
Sample & container required Skin scrapings, hair (plucked with follicles) or nail clippings. Dermapak, Mycotrans and/or sterile universal container
Sample collection

For skin scrapings and nail clippings disinfect the affected area with alcohol and collect sufficient amount. For hair samples, include at least 10 infected hair strands

Transport storage Transport to the laboratory within 2-3 days of collection. Store at room temperature in dry conditions
Turnaround time 4-5 weeks