How are fungal infections diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

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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