Swab of abscess, external ear, nasal, tracheal wash, tissue or open wound
Please note: Submitting sufficient material increase the likelihood of recovery of fungal species.
External specimens should be taken after first cleaning the area with 70% alcohol or non-medicated, non-fungicidal soap. Collect tissues aseptically.
*Turn around time is dependent upon typical pathogen expected or requested as some fungi may take more than 4 weeks to isolate and identify.
Note on the submission form the suspected organism or if systemic fungi (histoplasmosis, blastomycosis or coccidioidomycosis) are suspected. Histology is recommended for these cases rather than culture.
Use Dermatophyte Culture for routine dermatophyte samples (skin/hair/nails).