This site was created as an undergraduate course requirement at Davidson College.


Trichophyton Home Page



Figure 1. Microscope images of Trichophyton rubrum (left) and Trichophyton mentagrophytes(right). These images are of Trichophyton rubrum (left) and Trichophyton mentagrophytes(right) show their long fibrils and conidia or spores up close. (Permission pending


Trichophyton is one of the most common causes of the diseases and conditions known as athlete's foot and jock itch. These conditions can affect anyone and can be quite irritating if the condition persists over long periods of time. This website takes a closer look into the fungus itself, how the human body detects and defends itself self, and how and why Trichophyton organsims are able to evade the immune response. The links below will guide you to different pages, which divide up the different parts of the immune system and how it responds.



Life cycle

Innate Response

IH vs. DTH

Evasion of Immune System Detection

Prevention & Treatment and Future Research





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