Fungus Microsporum gypseum

Fungus Microsporum gypseum

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Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the fungus Microsporum gypseum, a causative agent of the scalp skin condition tinea capitus or ring- worm of the scalp. Here, fungal threads of the mycelium are seen, each thread a hypha, some with spore-producing fruiting bodies. This is a derma- tophyte fungi causing superficial infections of keratinized layers of the skin, hair and nails. Most commonly, Microsporum gypseum inhabits the skin of the scalp giving rise to round, scaly lesions and producing itchy patches of hair loss, mainly in children. It is spread by contact with fungal spores. Treatment is with antifungal drugs. Magnification: x260 at 6x7cm size.

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