Common Conditions

Fungal nail test

Research has proven that even podiatrists are only 67% successful in clinically diagnosing fungal nail infections. When Podiatrists are unsure or need confirmation we collect a sample of the nail and culture for diagnosis. Taking a sample is 97% successful in identifying fungal nail infections.

How does it work?

The test works similar to that used in pregnancy and is called immune-chromotography. The test strip contains a monoclonal antibody that specifically reacts with a polysaccharide that is present in the cell wall of fungal elements or fungus. When a fungal nail is cultured, the test strip detects polysaccharides/fungus and a pink line occurs in the test strip to confirm that the test has worked. This is then followed with the appearance of a purple-brown line below to confirm the presence of a fungal nail infection.

How can I get my nail checked?

South West Podiatry will take a sample of a suspected fungal nail infection, culture the sample and report the results. You will receive a phone call or email within 5 working days to discuss your results and treatment options.

Find out more

Clinic Locations:

Appointments are available at all clinical sites. *On-site diagnostic ultrasound is available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinical locations.


How to book:

If you are a New Patient, please schedule an Initial Consultation online, click here:  BOOK ONLINE. Existing patients can also schedule a follow-up consultation online: BOOK ONLINE .  Please check your podiatrists Bio here: About us  Alternatively call: 02071646607 to speak to our friendly booking team Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm or Friday 9am-3:30pm.


Insurance and Fees:

We accept most major private medical insurance companies including BUPAVitalityWPACignaAVIVA and Simply Health. A full list of our consultation fees including self-pay can be found here: Insurance and Fees. Our Podiatry team are health care professional council registered, meaning they are required to maintain professional standards and continued professional development. As an organisation we have invested in the latest diagnostic technology in order to help our podiatry team, help you. We have onsite diagnostic ultrasound available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics. Pressure analysis available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics with treadmill examinations.