Doctors use different techniques to diagnose fungal infection depending on whether it is a superficial infection or a deep tissue infection. Your doctor will be able to tell if you have a superficial fungal infection by looking at the rash or infection, as well as taking a sample for examination. Your doctor will take a skin sample or culture to identify which fungus is causing your infection. For a deep tissue infection, your doctor will analyze blood, mucus, or urine to figure out if you have a deep tissue fungal infection. If you do have a deep tissue fungal infection your doctor may analyze the DNA or RNA of the fungus to determine which fungus you are dealing with.
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Most fungal infections are diagnosed after the fungi are identified in the patient's blood or tissue. The healthcare provider will take a small sample of tissue from the affected area. For instance, if the patient's symptoms involve the respiratory tract, a healthcare provider may swab the back of the patient's throat. The sample is then analyzed under a microscope for the presence of fungi. If fungus is present, a positive diagnosis is made.
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