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The current study was conducted to investigate the fungi causing skin diseases Dermatophytosis on humans in the city of Kirkuk and the prevalence of Trichophyton mentagrophyte for the period from November (2020) to May (2021) for different ages and both sexes, the samples were taken from (skin, hair, and nails), where the samples were subjected to direct examination using 10% KOH and at the same time, the samples were culture on a sabouraud medium to investigate the fungi that cause skin diseases in humans. The direct microscopic examination of the fungi showed positive results with a percentage of Infection (68%) of the total 100 samples, while laboratory culture on Sabouraud Dextrose Agar medium showed positive results with a percentage of (58%). Three genera of dermatophytes were diagnosed Trichophyton, Microsporum and Epidermatophyton. The results of the examination showed seven clinical manifestations of fungal infections. Tinea corporis recorded the highest infection rate (27%) and the lowest tinea facial (3%), and the highest rate of dermatophyte infection was in the age group ( 21-30) years and the lowest in the age group (61-70) years. The results of laboratory culture showed that Trichophyton mentagrophyte is more common than other dermatophytes, at a rate of (22.4%), and that the incidence of dermatophytes varied according to the area of residence, where the number of infection was in the city It was higher than the countryside, as it reached 81%, while the rural area was 17%, and the results of the research showed that the infection of males was higher than that of females, reaching 53%, while the percentage of females was 47%.