Fungal nail infections are amongst the most frequent clinical problems we see in our award-winning footcare clinics.
For many years we have been able to identify and advise on the treatment of fungal nail conditions. Previously we had to ask the patient to obtain a nail clipping kit from your GP, take a sample and then ask your GP to send it to the lab. The results then came about 3 weeks later.
Now, we are able to test a sample of the nail in our clinics. A Five Minute Fungal test will provide accurate results in under 5 minutes!
What is the process of the Five-Minute Fungal test?
The five-minute fungus test has an accuracy of 97% for the most common nail dermatophytes. The five-minute test requires us to collect a sample from your nail and test it in the clinic on the same day.
We do this by firstly trimming the nail to obtain a sample of the affected nail. We then use the testing kit – It’s a bit like a pregnancy test. After five minutes the test can confirm if there is the presence of the dermatophytes or if the sample is clear.
What are the benefits of the test?
- No need to send your nail clipping to the NHS lab.
- No long waiting time for results, which may take up to 3 weeks.
- Detects the presence of all common fungus types from the smallest sample of nail.
- Immediate diagnosis, allowing us to initiate treatment without delay.
- Scientifically proven to give highly accurate and reliable results.
Is there reliable scientific evidence that the test really works?
Yes, the five-minute fungal nail test has undergone rigorous testing and to date, a number of scientific publications documenting the success have appeared in the British Journal of Dermatology and the Journal of Dermatology.
If you think you are suffering from a fungal nail infection, you can contact our clinics in Beeston, Nottingham or Ilkeston, Derby. Alternatively, you can find more details about our test here or you can book a five-minute fungal nail test online.