Fungal culture

Also known as “DTM” (dermatophyte test media) this test is used to detect infection with ringworm which is a fungus that causes hair loss and itching in animals and humans. To perform the test, a few hairs are plucked from the root in areas around the lesion and placed in a sterile culture tube/ plate. They are then incubated at room temperature for up to 14 days and checked daily for signs of growth which is indicated by a color change in the media on the plate. There are multiple treatments for ringworm, depending on the size and distribution of the lesions/ areas of hair loss.