Caption: A human eyelash (hair surface) with an unknown fungus infection. This infection is a type of superficial mycoses that is limited to the outermost layers of the hair or skin. The fungus alone has only a minimal capacity to damage skin directly. Superficial mycoses affect approximately 9 million Americans and account for 5% of skin diseases. These fungi invade only the dead or keratinized layers of the skin, hair and nails. However, an impaired immune system can encourage the infecting fungus to proliferate.
Magnification*: x240
Type: SEM
Copyright 2003 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
Keywords: 23012A,03.01.03,airborne mold,allergen,allergenic,conidia,conidium,eyelash,fungal infection,fungal pathogen,fungal spore,fungi,fungi and slime molds,fungus,hair,hair infection,human disease,hypha,hyphae,medical,skin infection,spores,superficial mycoses,SEM,human hair,human eyelash