Clues Differentiate Toenail Onychomycosis from Look-alikes

August 2007
Travel Medicine Advisor;Aug2007, Vol. 17 Issue 8, p15
The article discusses the difference of toenail onychomycosis (ONYC) with a variety of other disorders that may mimic ONYC. Disorders which present like onychomysosis include psoriasis, lichen planus, and post-traumatic dystrophy. Initiation of pharmacotherapy should wait until there is a confirmation of the presence of a fungal culture or KOH examination. Repeat testing is recommended for cases that are negative for fungi but have positive correlation factors.


Related Articles

  • Clues Differentiate Toenail Onychomycosis from Look-alikes.  // Infectious Disease Alert;Aug2007 Supplement, Vol. 26, p15 

    The article discusses research being done on the characteristics of toenail onychomycosis (ONYC). It references a study by H.W. Walling and P.J. Sniezek published in the 2007 issue of the "American Academy of Dermatology." It states that other disorders may mimic ONYC including psoriasis, lichen...

  • Trachyonychia: A comprehensive review. Gordon, Katherine A.; Vega, Janelle M.; Tosti, Antonella // Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology;Nov/Dec2011, Vol. 77 Issue 6, p640 

    Trachyonychia or rough nails, may present as an idiopathic disorder of the nails or it can be associated with other dermatological conditions. The dystrophic nail findings seen in trachyonychia are characterized by brittle, thin nails, with excessive longitudinal ridging. The most common...

  • Continuing Professional Development Series. Nail Conditions Part 2.  // Podiatry Review;Nov/Dec2011, Vol. 68 Issue 6, Following p18 

    The article offers an overview of nail conditions such as psoriasis, lichen planus, and pterygium. It provides a description, aetiology, features, causes and treatment for these conditions. It also presents a quiz relative to these conditions including the skin disease that manifests itself in...

  • Photodynamic Therapy for Distal and Lateral Subungual Toenail Onychomycosis Caused by Trichophyton rubrum: Preliminary Results of a Single-centre Open Trial. Sotiriou, Eleni; Koussidou-Eremonti, Thalia; Chaidemenos, George; Apalla, Zoi; Ioannides, Demetris // Acta Dermato-Venereologica;2010, Vol. 90 Issue 2, p216 

    The article presents the clinical trial of patients with distal and lateral subungal toenail onychomycosis treated with photodynamic therapy. It assesses the efficacy of aminolevulinic acid (ALA)-photodynamic therapy (PDT) in the treating the disease. It evaluates the pain treatment of the...

  • Nail Abnormality Narrows Diagnosis of Systemic Diseases. Meszaros, Liz // Dermatology Times;Feb99, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p47 

    Focuses on the dermatologic management of nail conditions related to psoriasis, lichen planus and Darier's disease. Percentage of nail involvement in the diseases; Manifestations of the diseases in nails; Common nail infections.

  • Terbinafine Rates Best for Onychomycosis Cure. Guttman, Cheryl // Dermatology Times;Apr2000 Supplement 2, Vol. 21 Issue 4, pS7 

    Focuses on the effectiveness of the product, Terbinafine for treating toenail onychomycosis according to the presentation of physician E. Glyn V. Evans at the meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. Study parameters measured in clinical trials; Advantages of the product over other...

  • Role of nail biopsy as a diagnostic tool. Grover, Chander; Chaturvedi, Uma K.; Reddy, Belum Siva Nagi // Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology;May/Jun2012, Vol. 78 Issue 3, p290 

    Nail biopsy (NB) is an investigation that is not routinely resorted to by most of the dermatologists. The commonly cited reasons are the complexity of the procedure, risk of scarring and the reluctance of the patient. However, in cases with isolated nail psoriasis, isolated nail lichen planus,...

  • Twenty Nail Dystrophy in Association with Zosteriform Lichen Planus. Ganguly, Satyaki; Jaykar, Kranti C. // Indian Journal of Dermatology;Jul/Aug2012, Vol. 57 Issue 4, p329 

    A letter is presented which describes the case of a 30-year old male diagnosed with segmental or zosteriform lichen planus in association with 20- nail dystrophy, who was then treated with systemic corticosteroids and antihistamines.

  • Psoriasis of the nail vs lichen planus of the nail. Gnanapragasam, Vasa // GP: General Practitioner;1/28/2002, p58 

    Provides basic facts about psoriasis of the nail versus lichen planus on of the nail. Discriminatory features; Management.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics