The effect of toenail onychomycosis on patient quality of life

Academic Article


  • Background: Onychomycosis is a common fungal infection of the toenails which has historically been regarded as a cosmetic problem. A previous study has suggested that this is not the case and that toenail and fingernail onychomycosis adversely impacts patient quality of life (QOL). Methods: A survey was used to self-assess the physical symptoms and psychosocial dimensions of toenail onychomycosis in 93 patients. Positive responses scored one point each, and points were summed for each patient. Results: Ninety-two per cent of patients reported experiencing negative psychosocial and/or physical effects. Forty-four per cent indicated that their toenails had a negative effect on their self-image, and 41% reported experiencing pain or discomfort as a result of onychomycosis. Conclusions: Toenail onychomycosis has a significant impact on the overall QOL of patients, and should be evaluated further to develop guidelines for total patient care.
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  • Elewski BE
  • Start Page

  • 754
  • End Page

  • 756
  • Volume

  • 36
  • Issue

  • 10