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Nail Infection

Finding a faster way to address warning signs of a Nail infection

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, onychomycosis, a highly contagious nail infection, affects 3 to 5% or the 12 million American population (1)

Paronychia is another type of nail infection representing 35% of all hand infections in the U.S (2)

What is a nail infection?


A severe nail infection affects the toenail or fingernail and causes small cracks surrounding the nail or on the skin between the nail and finger.

Type of microbe Common examples Infection type
Fungal Cladosporium carrionii or Candida tropicalis Onychomycosis
Bacterial Staphylococcus aureus Paronychia

MicroGen Health screens for 22 pathogens that cause nail infections.

Who needs to be tested?

Nail infection can affect anyone but those with complications should not delay treatment if they belong to the following categories:

  • Elders- especially those with comorbidities
  • Patients with
    • pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, cancer, etc.
    • a suppressed immune system
    • blood circulation issues
    • Athletes’ foot

Can nail infection be contagious?


Yes, nail infections are contagious and can easily spread between people through

  • Direct contact from surfaces
  • Walking barefoot in damp community areas such as swimming pools, shower areas, locker rooms, and gyms.

What tests does my doctor need to order?


A variety of fungi and bacteria can cause nail infections. Analyzing the specific type of organism causing infection might lead to better treatment options.

MicroGen Health follows an advanced diagnostic approach toward the detection of nail infections.

qPCR testing includes DNA extraction from nail scrapings, followed by quantitative analysis to investigate:

  • The specific pathogen
  • Co-infections, to differentiate between bacterial eg., Green nail syndrome and fungal infection-causing agents.

Tests Include

Screens for 22 nail-related pathogens that may be the cause of the fungal growth:


  • Pseudomonas Aeruginosa
  • Streptococcus Agalactiae (Group B Strep)
  • Streptococcus Pyogenes (Group A Strep)
  • Staphylococcus Aureus

Antibiotic-Resistant Genes

  • Methicillin (mecA)


  • Acremonium strictum
  • Alternaria
  • Aspergillus Flavus
  • Aspergillus Fumigatus
  • Aspergillus Niger
  • Aspergillus Terreus
  • Aspergillus Versicolor
  • Blastomyces Dermatitidis, Blastomyces Gilchristii
  • Candida Albicans
  • Candida Glabrata
  • Candida Krusei
  • Candida Lusitaniae
  • Candida Parapsilosis
  • Candida Tropicalis
  • Curvularia Lunata
  • Epidermophyton floccosum
  • Fusarium Oxysporum
  • Fusarium Solani
  • Malassezia Furfur, Restricta, Sympodialis, Globosa
  • Microsporum Sp.
  • Neofusicoccum Mangiferae
  • Neoscytalidium Dimidiatum
  • Scopulariopsis brevicaulis
  • Trichophyton Spp
  • Trichosporon Asahii
  • Trichosporon Mucoides

How long does it take to receive the results?


Detection & Identification of pathogens:

Diagnostic methods Turnaround time
Traditional methods (culture-based) 72 hours
PCR analysis 24 hours

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How does MicroGen Health offer a better investigation?


MicroGen Health

  • Offers end-to-end solutions pertaining to the overall diagnosis of nail infections
  • Investigates drug-resistant pathogens for better treatment
  • Increases safety and efficacy via antibiotic-resistant gene analysis
  • Provides reports within 24 hours

MicroGen Health enables patients a safe, error-free quality analysis that assists a hassle-free treatment.

  • Specimen requirements

    Nail, Tissue

  • Turn around time:

    24 hours

    • Specimen requirements

      Nail, Tissue

    • Turn around time:

      24 hours