Epidermophyton floccosum is a filamentous fungus that causes skin and nail infections, tinea cruris, tinea pedis (athlete’s foot), tinea corporis, and onychomycosis.
Epidermophyton floccosum was first isolated in 1870 from a tinea cruris patient by Carl Otto Harz, a German mycologist, who named it Acrothecium floccosum.
Being unaware of Otto’s work, Castellani and Sabouraud identified the species again in 1905 and 1907, respectively, and both placed the fungus into the genus Epidermophyton.
Castellani’s findings explained that the fungus does not require any specific growth condition in culture. Its colonies grow moderately, as they reach maturity within 10 days.
Later on in the mid-20th century, research revealed that floccosum can remain viable for long periods of time by producing arthroconidia — thick-walled spores with high resistance to drying and heat conditions.
Arthroconidia formation allows floccosum to survive for years in baths, shoes, towels, sheets, showers, blankets, swimming pools, and other clothing.
Since epidermophyton floccosum can cause several health issues like tinea cruris, athlete’s foot, and skin infections, the symptoms vary accordingly.
However, in the vast majority of cases, epidermophyton floccosum leads to tinea pedis (athlete’s foot) and tinea cruris. So let’s look at the symptoms of both, shall we?
Here are the symptoms of tinea pedis:
- Blisters on feet that itch, often uncontrollably
- Itching, stinging, and burning between toes or on soles of feet
- Cracking or peeling skin on feet, typically between toes and on soles
Patients of tinea cruris typically experience the following six symptoms:
- Persistent itching
- Burning sensation
- Changes in skin color
- Flaking, peeling, or cracking skin
- A rash that gets worse with exercise or activity
Although none of those symptoms are serious, health experts say that both tinea cruris and pedis can lead to permanent damage if they’re not treated right away.
Since epidermophyton floccosum is developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicine that can treat it today will work tomorrow.
Currently, doctors typically prescribe topical antifungal treatment, like terbinafine, itraconazole, voriconazole, and ketoconazole to treat an infection caused by epidermophyton floccosum.
All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by epidermophyton floccosum, you shouldn’t be worrying about the treatment.
You should be worrying about how to prevent the disease.
Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So why not take safety precautions right now, so you won’t have to face the risk of facing a problem caused by epidermophyton floccosum?
If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill epidermophyton floccosum is all you need to do.
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Our Path-Guard® can kill epidermophyton floccosum in under 5 minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your property is safe for everyone living or working there.
For more information, contact us to find out how we can help keep your property safe and clean.