At your initial assessment the podiatrist may offer 2 tests which are accurate depending on the clinical presentation of your nails. One takes about 5 mins and is 97% accurate, the other involves sending nail samples of to a research microbiology laboratory based at Wythenshaw hospital where they test for fungal, bacteria or mould infections in the affected toe nails. The relevant treatment will then be advised by our podiatrists
Fungal nail infections occur when dermatophytes (athletes foot / fungi ) living on the skin enter the nail usually by trauma to the nail plate by footwear.
Fungal nails can be diagnosed through careful examination using a specialised onychomycosis (fungal nails) index score.