Fungal Tests

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Also known as: KOH prep, Fungal smear, Mycology tests
Formal name: Potassium hydroxide preparation, Fungal culture, Fungal antigen and antibody tests, and Calcofluor white stain

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To detect a fungal infection, to determine which specific fungus or fungi are present, and sometimes to isolate and grow the fungi for subsequent susceptibility testing

When to Get Tested?

When the doctor suspects that you have a skin, lung, or systemic fungal infection; sometimes after treatment to monitor its effectiveness

Sample Required?

The sample collected depends upon the suspected location(s) of the infection. It typically includes: scrapings of the skin, nail and hair samples, fluids, blood, and/or a tissue biopsy.

Test Preparation Needed?