Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Your doctor will likely examine your nails first. To test for fungi, your doctor may scrape some debris from under your nail for analysis.

The debris can be examined under a microscope or cultured in a lab to identify what's causing the infection. Other conditions, such as psoriasis, can mimic a fungal infection of the nail. Microorganisms, including yeast and bacteria, also can infect nails. Knowing the cause of your infection helps determine the best course of treatment.

Aug. 25, 2011