Clearing the nails of onychomycosis

By Australian Doctor Education

 

Associate Professor Amanda McBride and Dr Samantha Eisman discuss the diagnosis of onychomycosis via clinical examination, microscopy and culture.  

An overview of the various forms of topical treatments (amorolfine, ciclopirox and 40% urea ointment with bifonazole cream) is provided, including which patients will benefit from topical therapy, treatment regimens, duration and cure rates.

The systemic treatments (terbinafine, itraconazole and fluconazole) are also discussed, including when they are required, contraindications, patient monitoring and duration of treatment.

Finally, the importance of managing tinea pedis, as well as onychomycosis is highlighted. Many patients suffering from onychomycosis will have tinea pedis, and those with tinea pedis have a 25 fold increase in the risk of developing onychomycosis.

This video was brought to you in partnership with Australian Doctor Education, supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Bayer.

This article first appeared in Pharmacy News on the 27th of July, 2015

  Associate Professor Amanda McBride and Dr Samantha Eisman discuss the diagnosis of...

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