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Discipline: Clinical Microbiology

Test information: The identification and isolation of dermatophytes, non-dermatophyte moulds and other fungi from skin, nail and hair specimens.

Availability: Available locally Monday - Friday during routine hours: 08:45 - 17:15.

Turnaround Time: 24 hours (Microscopy)
2 - 4 weeks (Culture)

Specimen Type(s)
  • Hair;
  • Nail;
  • Skin Scrapings;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • DermaPak;
  • Sterile CE-marked Universal Container;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • DermaPak;
  • Sterile CE-marked Universal Container;
  • Microscopy & Culture;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
5mm2 of skin flakes are required.
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
  • Collect specimens before antifungal therapy where possible.
  • Samples received in non-sterile containers will be rejected.
  • Scrapings, clippings and plucked hairs should be plentiful and representative.
  • Separate packets should be used for different sites.
  • Swabs are of no value for the investigations of dermatophyte infections.
  • Nail clippings should include the full thickness of the nail and extend as far back from the edge as possible.
  • Hair should be plucked from affected areas together with skin scrapings from associated scalp lesions (please note cut hair shafts are inappropriate).
  • Specimens should be transported to the laboratory without delay during normal working hours.
  • If transport is delayed store at room temperature; provided the samples are kept dry, the fungus will remain viable for a considerable period.
Maximum add on time
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

If you have any queries about a test or results interpretation please contact us.

Last updated: 16-08-2023