John, 33, presents to your pharmacy. He’s just been to see the doctor because the edge of his toenail looks yellow and thick. He explains that the problem started a few months ago after he joined a gym and started using the gym’s shower facilities to get ready for work. The doctor advised him to use a topical nail antifungal treatment and to come back for a review in a couple of months. John asks for your recommendation and for any additional advice.
Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nails. If left untreated, it can cause pain, discomfort, spread of infection and physical impairment, negatively impacting quality of life.1-4 It is the most common nail disorder seen in clinical practice, with an estimated global prevalence of 5.5%.3,5,6 Pharmacists play an important role in providing information to patients and other healthcare providers regarding the prevention and treatment of onychomycosis.7,8
After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to:
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