Know your fungi

Dr Jenny Robson

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Dr Jenny Robson

Microbiologist; Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology's, department of Microbiology and Molecular Pathology

Dr Jenny Robson

In Australia the commonest encounter with fungi in a medical sense is with superficial and cutaneous fungal infections such as those infecting the skin, scalp or nails.

Tinea or ringworm of the scalp, skin and nails

Fungal infection of the scalp (tinea capitus), skin (tinea) and nails (tinea unguium, onychomycosis) is usually caused by dermatophytes which have a unique ability to utilise keratin as a nutrient source due to the presence of the enzyme keratinase allowing colonisation of the stratum corneum.

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