Onychomycosis Diagnosis and Management: Perspectives from a Joint Dermatology-Podiatry Roundtable

Richard K. Scher, Antonella Tosti, Warren S. Joseph, Tracey C. Vlahovic, Jesse Plasencia, Bryan C. Markinson, David M. Pariser

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Abstract

Onychomycosis prevalence is expected to rise as the population ages and the prevalence of diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, and other significant risk factors rise. Until recently, treatment options were limited due to safety concerns with oral antifungals and low efficacy with available topical agents. Efinaconzole and tavaborole were approved by the FDA in 2014 for onychomycosis treatment and provide additional effective topical treatment options for patients with mild-to-moderate disease. Dermatologists and podiatrists both regularly treat onychomycosis, yet there are striking differences between specialties in approach to diagnosis and treatment. In order to explore these differences a joint dermatology-podiatry roundtable of onychomycosis experts was convened. Although it has little effect on mycologic cure, debridement may be a valuable adjunct to oral or topical antifungal therapy, especially in patients with greater symptom burden. However, few dermatologists incorporate debridement into their treatment plans and referral to podiatry may be appropriate for some of these patients. Furthermore, podiatrists may be better equipped to manage patients with concurrent diabetes or peripheral vascular disease and elderly patients who are unable to maintain proper foot hygiene. Once cure is achieved, lifestyle and hygiene practices, maintenance/prophylactic onychomycosis treatment, and proactive tinea pedis treatment in patients and family members may help to maintain patients' cured status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1016-1021
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of drugs in dermatology : JDD
Volume14
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

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    Scher, R. K., Tosti, A., Joseph, W. S., Vlahovic, T. C., Plasencia, J., Markinson, B. C., & Pariser, D. M. (2015). Onychomycosis Diagnosis and Management: Perspectives from a Joint Dermatology-Podiatry Roundtable. Journal of drugs in dermatology : JDD, 14(9), 1016-1021.