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Trichophyton is a genus of molds called filamentous fungi that inhabit human and animal skins. Dozens of species are known at present.
When they infect a human or animal, they grow and propagate in the stratum corneum of the infected skin using keratin as nutriment.
They are a well-known cause of athlete’s foot, or tinea. The parasitic infection of the stratum corneum by these fungi causes itching, scaling, flaking, and sometimes blistering of the affected skin.
Among fungi that are frequently detected are Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, and Trichophyton tonsurans.