This page contain information on sample collection for mycotic diseases.
- The affected area of skin should be washed with 70% alcohol, scrapings taken from the active border area and placed in a sterile container. The basal portion of the hair or hair stubble should be plucked out with forceps and submitted as well.
- Exudates or tissues for culture should be collected aseptically, refrigerated, and sent to the laboratory on ice packs. Hair and skin scrapings for dermatophyte isolation should be shipped dry at room temperature, between glass slides or in a paper envelope.
- Isolation and identification of mycotic agents may require 30 days or longer for some organisms.
- WADDL does not presently have the capability to conduct serology for mycotic disease. Samples can be referred to appropriate diagnostic laboratories.
- We will routinely culture and identify samples from suspected aspergillosis, candidiasis, cryptococcosis, dermatomycosis, mucormycosis, mycotic abortion, and sporothricosis. Please inform us if blastomycosis, coccidiodomycosis, or histoplasmosis is suspected so that proper precautions can be taken in the laboratory. It is strongly recommended that tissues be submitted for histopathology rather than mycology in the initial evaluation of these cases. Call the laboratory for assistance if culture for these organisms is needed.