Nail Fungal

Understanding Nail Fungal

Fungal nail infections, also known as “onychomycosis,” are very common. They may affect up to 14% of the general population. Fungal toenail infections are more common than fungal fingernail infections.

Fungal nail infections may cause nails to become discolored, thick, fragile, or cracked. The nail may also become separated from the nail bed.

People who have fungal toenail infections often have a fungal skin infection on the foot, especially between the toes (commonly called athlete’s foot, ringworm on the foot, or tinea pedis).

The Importance of Nail Fungal Testing

Anyone can get a fungal nail infection. Some people may be more likely than others to get a fungal nail infection, including older adults and people who have the following conditions:

  • A nail injury or foot deformity
  • Trauma
  • Diabetes
  • Weakened immune system (for example, because of cancer)
  • Venous insufficiency (poor circulation in the legs) or peripheral arterial disease (narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the arms or legs)
  • Fungal skin infections on other parts of the body

Occasionally, a bacterial infection can occur on top of a fungal nail infection and cause serious illness. This is more common in people with diabetes or other conditions that weaken the body’s defenses against infection.

How Solaris Diagnostics Can Help

Solaris Diagnostics Laboratory can provide results in <24 hours from the time sample is received in the laboratory.

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