Microscopy and Culture of skin, hair and nail


Diagnosis of fungal infection by microscopy and culture.


Microscopy for yeasts, mycelium and other fungal elements; culture of any viable fungi present and identification of any clinically significant species. Antifungal susceptibility testing is undertaken where appropriate or requested.


Skin, nail and hair should be sent in Dermapaks or similar card packs designed for the purpose.


Microscopy is reported as "No fungus seen" or positive with a description of the fungal cells seen.
Culture is reported as the identity of any significant fungi isolated.

95% Turnaround Time (Dates collected):

Microscopy 7 days, culture 24 days (positive cultures will take longer to report than negatives).

Page Reviewed: 02/07/19 | Updated by: Kevin Roberts