Fungal toenails are often easily diagnosed in the office based on their clinical presentation. They often appear thickened and discolored with loose material beneath them. There are also times when we can clinically tell that a toenail is not infected.
When a toenail is questionable as to whether it is infected or not, a simple test can be performed to diagnose the nail. A biopsy is performed on the toenail and sent to a lab for examination. This biopsy is usually not painful and no anesthesia is required. The results from the biopsy are returned in approximately one week. This test is often necessary when there is associated trauma to the toenail, which also can thicken the nail when fungus is not necessarily present.
Prior to starting definitive treatment for toenail fungus, it is important to know that there is a fungal infection present. Visit Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider to evaluate your toenails. If the examination is inconclusive, the biopsy can be done that same day. The longer you wait, the worse the nails can become. Contact Tanglewood Foot Specialists today!