Nail fungal infections are known to be very common conditions, especially in the aging population.
However, bacterial infections and skin disorders can mimic the fungal presentation and may lead clinicians to choose ineffective treatment regimens.
The diagnosis of nail infections can take up to 3-4 weeks with conventional techniques and the treatment protocols are complicated, costly and carry risks. A patient’s quality of life is negatively impacted for most individuals, and particular subsets of the population with diabetes and immunocompromised systems can experience significant complications leading to secondary infections and amputations.
The utilization of advanced molecular PCR technology has proven to be more sensitive and specific than culture results and can help clinicians rapidly identify the causative agent(s) before developing a treatment plan.1
1 Emam Sherin M. & Osama H. Abd El-salam (2016). Real-time PCR: A rapid and sensitive method fordiagnosis of dermatophyte induced onychomycosis,a comparative study. Alexandria Journal of Medicine, Vol. 52, 83-90