oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Treatment of fungal nail infections : clinical

Volume 75, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



Fungal nail infection (onychomycosis) is a more common condition than is sometimes realised. Prevalence in adults is estimated at between 3-8 per cent and there are more than one million sufferers in the UK. Onychomycosis is often considered to be a trivial disease with only cosmetic implications but it can cause and undermine self-esteem. Moreover, if left it can lead to pain and discomfort and spread to surrounding tissues. Onychomycosis presents as a discoloured nail (white, yellow or brown), which is thick or brittle, or both. It is important to recognize that the appearance of fungal nail infections can vary.

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