After suspecting you have a nail fungus infection, the next step is to call a podiatrist for further information about your condition and what steps to take for advanced infections. In order to diagnose whether your nail infection might be a fungus infection, the podiatrist will test debris found underneath the nail and examined. Tests they might do are
- KOH Smear (or potassium hydroxide smear)- faster
- Fungal culture test- takes weeks
Once results come in, the podiatrist will diagnose the condition. A few similar conditions to onychomycosis are
- Lichen Planus
- Contact dermatitis
- Nail bed tumor
- Yellow nail syndrome
Diabetic patients who are also immunocompromised should definitely consult a podiatrist if they have a fungal infection. Treatment to cure the infection takes a long time due to a numerous amount of factors which include nail growth period. Cure rates also depend on the type of treatment you end up choosing. You can look at treatment options for nail fungus here.
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