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Asian Journal of Dermatology
  Year: 2011 | Volume: 3 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 13-19
DOI: 10.3923/ajd.2011.13.19
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Isolation of Opportunistic Fungi from Dermatophytic Samples

S. Bakheshwain, N. El Khizzi, A.M. Al Rasheed, H.H. Al Ajlan and S. Parvez

This study was carried out for three years during November 2004 to November 2007. The aim of this study was to isolate the fungal flora from skin and nails samples which are usually present in the household environment. This study excludes the recoganized dermotophytes like Trichophyton, Microsporum and Epidermatophyton. Candida species were not included. Out of a total five hundred samples of skin and nail received during this study period, yielded 19 fungal species from skin and nails belonging to fungal genera Alternaria, Aspergillus, Bipolaris, Cladosporium, Exophiala, Fusarium, Graphium, Malassezia, Prototheca, Rhizopus, Rhodotorula, Trichosporon and Ulocladium. Aspergillus was the leading genus represented by six species. Previously well known methodology for isolation of dermatophytes was followed here except that Sabouraud dextrose agar with three antibiotics viz., Ciprofloxacin, vancomycin and gentamycin sulphate (0.05 g L-1 each) was used here to suppressed the growth of bacteria hence enhanced the isolation of molds. Only KOH positive cases are included here. Although, these fungi may not cause infections as true dermatophytes but these fungi should also be considered for tropical antifungal treatment to avoid further spreading of these fungi as a precaution.
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How to cite this article:

S. Bakheshwain, N. El Khizzi, A.M. Al Rasheed, H.H. Al Ajlan and S. Parvez, 2011. Isolation of Opportunistic Fungi from Dermatophytic Samples. Asian Journal of Dermatology, 3: 13-19.

DOI: 10.3923/ajd.2011.13.19






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