What is onychomycosis?

Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nails.1 It is the most common nail condition usually identified by thickened, discoloured nails that become brittle, painful and loose.1 Onychomycosis impacts approximately 4% of the population across Europe and North America with prevalence rising in adults over 55 years of age.2

Fungal nail infections are more common in:

  • Men
  • Individuals with psoriasis
  • Immunosuppressive conditions (i.e. diabetes and HIV)3

Onychomycosis may occur in up to one-third of patients with diabetes, and is a significant predictor of foot ulcers in this group.3 In mild cases, onychomycosis is often considered a cosmetic condition, however it can have a marked effect on quality of life.4,5 Untreated fungal nail disease often spreads to other nails, and may spread to other areas of the body, potentially leading to fungal infections of the groin, hand and/or trunk; it can cause cellulitis in the elderly.6,7 When medically confirmed, onychomycosis should be treated as soon as possible to help improve quality of life, prevent impact on daily activities and reduce the chance for further infection.5,8

Effect on quality of life and the % of patients with onychomycosis5

Effects of quality of life

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