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What are the tests for onychomycosis?
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Dr. John Ebner
Dermatology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Nail Clipping
Testing for onychomycosis is done by three methods.
The first is a toenail scrapping for examination in the office under the microscope. Next, clippings from the nails can be sent for fungal culture (typically takes 30 days and is only 50% accurate). Finally, a clipping can be sent as a biopsy and read using special stains to highlight the fungus. This is the most accurate method and fast.

In brief: Nail Clipping
Testing for onychomycosis is done by three methods.
The first is a toenail scrapping for examination in the office under the microscope. Next, clippings from the nails can be sent for fungal culture (typically takes 30 days and is only 50% accurate). Finally, a clipping can be sent as a biopsy and read using special stains to highlight the fungus. This is the most accurate method and fast.
Dr. John Ebner
Dr. John Ebner
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry
In brief: Sample to lab.
Toenail fungus is very common, and unfortunately very difficult to cure 100%.
We can test the nail by taking a sample and sending it to a lab to see if it is a callused or traumatized nail or if it is indeed fungus, and from there you have several options: topical or oral antifungal medications, laser nail treatment, or removal of the nail in severe cases.

In brief: Sample to lab.
Toenail fungus is very common, and unfortunately very difficult to cure 100%.
We can test the nail by taking a sample and sending it to a lab to see if it is a callused or traumatized nail or if it is indeed fungus, and from there you have several options: topical or oral antifungal medications, laser nail treatment, or removal of the nail in severe cases.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Dr. Libby Putnam
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