Nail fungus tests are necessary to make an accurate diagnosis, as there are different types of fungus. Only with a diagnosis and the type of fungus can the exact treatment be given, and the laser used to treat the type of fungus be selected (currently different lasers are used for different types of fungus). Pictures of nail fungus can also help you to identify which fungus is affecting you.
Diagnosis of nail fungus is clarified by microscopic examination of the nail plate and/or a culture test. The microscopic examination of the nail plate is simple: the specialist uses sterile scissors to cut off part of the nail plate (if present), and also to take the cornified masses that accumulate under the nail for examination. It is advisable to perform the test if the patient has not applied antifungal ointment or varnish to the nail for 3 weeks. We recommend that the microscopic examination is accompanied by a culture immediately. The test material is sent to a special laboratory where the type of fungus is determined. It is not always possible to identify the causative agent on the first try, so the tests are repeated a month later if there are clinical signs.
This test can be carried out at the Laser Dermatology Centre. The microscopic examination gives an answer within a week on average.
The tests are carried out in Vilnius and Klaipėda.