Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nail.

Nail Fungal Infection (Onychomycosis) Molecular Pathogen Panel:

Onychomycosis, commonly known as toenail or fingernail fungus, is a fungal infection that affects the nails. Molecular testing can be used to diagnose onychomycosis and identify the specific fungal species responsible for the infection. We use Real-Time PCR (qPCR) technique for the diagnosis of onychomycosis. This quantitative information can help assess the severity of the infection and monitor the response to treatment.

Molecular tests are particularly useful when conventional diagnostic methods, such as microscopy and culture, yield inconclusive results or when the infection is difficult to diagnose using traditional techniques. Molecular testing provides a more accurate and specific identification of the causative fungus, allowing healthcare providers to choose appropriate antifungal therapy tailored to the specific fungal species.

It's essential to note that molecular tests for onychomycosis are typically performed in specialized laboratories, and the nail sample collection should be done by a trained healthcare professional to ensure accurate and reliable results. If you suspect you have onychomycosis, it's essential to consult a healthcare provider for proper evaluation and diagnosis.

This test is performed with nail clippings and includes the following fungal pathogens:

  • Trichophyton rubrum
  • Trichophyton interdigitale
  • Neofusicoccum mangiferae
  • Microsporum canis
  • Microsporum audouini
  • Fusarium solani
  • Epidermophyton floccosum
  • Candida tropicalis
  • Candida parapsilosis
  • Candida lusitaniae
  • Candida krusei
  • Candida glabrata
  • Candida albicans
  • Aspergillus terreus
  • Aspergillus niger
  • Alternaria
  • Acremonium strictum