Dermatophyte Culture

Test Name: Diagnostic Section: Fee:
Dermatophyte Culture Bacteriology $21.00
Species: Set up days: Turn Around Time:
Most animal species M, Tu, W, Th, F 14 days*
Specimen Requirements:    
Affected areas of hair, scab, skin; beaks, claws, feathers, toenails are also acceptable.  Swabs are not suitable for culturing dermatophytes.  Sufficient material should be submitted to perform a KOH exam.
Collection Protocol:    
Specimen should be taken after first cleaning the area with 70% alcohol or a non-medicated, non-fungicidal soap.  Specimen may be obtained by plucking hair with scabs, scraping nail bed or skin with scalpel blade
Shipping Requirements:    
Submit in a dry container such as a red top tube, Whirl-PakĀ® or ZiplocĀ® bags.  Do not refrigerate or freeze.  Overnight or 2-day shipping for samples recommended 
Additional Information:    
*Turn around time for a dermatophyte culture is a minimum of 14 days for a negative (no growth) to 30 days for a positive.  Care should be taken obtaining specimen(s) as common zoophilic dermatophytes can infect humans.