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Challenges and opportunities in the management of onychomycosis


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Christenson, JK, Peterson, GM ORCID: 0000-0002-6764-3882, Naunton, M, Bushell, M, Kosari, S, Baby, KE and Thomas, J 2018 , 'Challenges and opportunities in the management of onychomycosis' , Journal of Fungi, vol. 4, no. 3 , pp. 1-10 , doi: 10.3390/jof4030087.

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Onychomycosis is an increasingly common fungal nail infection, chiefly caused by dermatophyte fungi. The disease is notoriously difficult to treat due to the deep-seated nature of fungi within the nail plate, prolonged treatment requirements, poor patient adherence and frequent recurrences. Given the poor efficacy of currently available topical and systemic therapies, there is a renewed interest in exploring alternative treatment modalities for onychomycosis. Natural therapies, physical treatments and various combination therapies have all shown potential for the management of onychomycosis, though research on many of these methods is still in preliminary stages. Further large, well-designed, randomised controlled trials are necessary to confirm the efficacy of these novel treatments in order to make formal recommendations regarding their use in the management of onychomycosis.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Christenson, JK and Peterson, GM and Naunton, M and Bushell, M and Kosari, S and Baby, KE and Thomas, J
Keywords: onychomycosis, nail, infection, anti-fungal, fungi, treatment, alternative treatment, combination therapy
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Fungi
Publisher: MDPIAG
ISSN: 2309-608X
DOI / ID Number: 10.3390/jof4030087
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Copyright 2018 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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