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

New Patients need to book an initial consultation with our Podiatry team, at one of our locations.

Speak to our experienced reception team to book an initial consultation today on 020 7164 6607.