In some cases, the diagnosis will be clear to a doctor upon visual inspection, but there will be times when tests are necessary for confirmation. For a proper diagnosis, a nail clipping is sent to a laboratory for testing. A KOH test can usually be performed quickly.

While it is estimated that nearly 50% of abnormal appearances in the nail are due to a fungal infection, it’s important to rule out other conditions like psoriasis, lichen planus, eczema or simply trauma to the nail.

i Ways to manage the condition

Ask your doctor for ways to manage the condition, and for lifestyle changes that can help during treatment.

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