Mixed fungus infections are frequent. Without question they would be found more frequently if only multiple cultures were made from persons showing various sites and types of involvement. In our experience, the mixed infection most often found is in the crural area, where an intertrigo caused by Candida (Monilia) albicans may coexist with a tinea cruris caused by a dermatophyte. It is also common to find different organisms in the crural area and on the feet in a given case. Less frequently, more than one of the dermatophytes may be obtained on cultures from the feet alone.
The following case is reported because four organisms representing three species were obtained when multiple cultures were made.
REPORT OF A CASE
F. M., a 28 year old white pharmacist, was first seen by me on Feb. 11, 1950. For the past 10 years he had regularly had "athlete's foot" during the warm weather. This would clear completely during the winter. Treatment had been sporadic and varied and continued only long enough to alleviate the symptoms of a particular attack.