Breakout on my hand....

Heine J. Deelstra h.deelstra at bio.uu.nlminspam
Wed Jun 11 03:44:39 EST 2003


On 9 Jun 2003 09:45:13 +0100, Eric Wilk <Eric.Wilk at tufts.edu> wrote:

> Sam A. wrote:
>
> =>Thanks, Eric, but no, it's not that...otherwise I'd have athletes
> foot, which I don't.  Or maybe just one time in the last 2 or 3 years
> it might afflict some other body part, but it doesn't.  There is a
> name for it...it specifically attacks only one foot or hand and
> remains there until treated, usually dormant, but breaks out
> occasionally.  The article said only oral antibiotic would cure it. 
> thanks again for your reply....
> Sam<=
>
> Well, what do you think was between your toes?  Athlete's foot is
> actually most common between the 3rd and 4th toes because of the humid
> microclimate brought forth by the shape of your foot which is great
> for fungal growth.  Fungi won't just grow off your hand in any normal
> condition unless you are immunocomprimised or for some reason have
> something very wrong with your hand.
>
> "Sounds like Trichophyton rubrum or a related species."
>
> So, inother words, athlete's foot?  How could you tell the
> genus/species?  Or was it just because that's the most common?  Just
> curious ;)
>
> -- Eric

Athlete's foot indeed. Just because it's the most common (and compatible 
with the scaling). Correct identification can only be done using 1) a 
microscope *and* 2) enzyme tests.

Heine




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