Based on their clinical appearance, fungal toenails are easily identified in our Houston podiatry clinic. They are frequently thicker and discolored, with loose material underneath. There are occasions when we can tell if a toenail is infected just by looking at it.
When it’s unclear whether a toenail is infected or not, a simple test may be used to determine the nail’s condition. A biopsy of the toenail is taken and submitted to a lab for analysis. This biopsy is normally painless and does not require anesthetic. The biopsy findings are usually available in about a week. When there is accompanying damage to the toenail, which can thicken the nail even if fungus is not present, this test is typically required.
It’s critical to recognize the presence of a toenail fungus infection before beginning therapy. Dr. Ejodamen Shobowale, a Houston podiatrist, may examine your toenails. The biopsy might be done the same day if the examination is inconclusive. The longer you wait, the more your nails will deteriorate. Get in touch with DeNiel Foot and Ankle Center right away!