Fungal culture media inoculated from affected areas. Indicate date of inoculation of culture.
External specimens should be taken after first cleaning the area with 70% alcohol or a non-medicated, non-fungicidal soap. Aseptically obtained tissue or swab.
*Turn around time is dependent upon typical pathogen expected or requested as some fungi may take more than 4 weeks to isolate and identify. Many fungi are difficult to definitively identify and may be sent (on request) to a reference laboratory for additional charges.
Please 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 or Identification for routine dermatophyte sample/media (skin/hair/nails).
The OVDL does not perform fungal susceptibility testing.