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VisualDx images show variation in age, skin color, and disease stage. VisualDx has 76 images of Onychomycosis.
Full text and additional images for Onychomycosis are available in the following VisualDx packages:
110.1 – Dermatophytosis of nail
B35.1 – Tinea unguium
SynopsisOnychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nail caused by dermatophyte fungi (tinea unguium), nondermatophyte molds, or yeasts. Onychomycosis is more frequent in men and is commonly associated with concurrent tinea pedis. It affects toenails more commonly than fingernails, and fingernail infection is typically preceded by or associated with toenail infection. Onychomycosis is classified into 3 patterns relating to the site of invasion of the nail: distal lateral subungual, superficial white, and proximal subungual.
Distal lateral subungual onychomycosis (DLSO) is the most common form of onychomycosis and begins with fungal invasion of the distal nail (hyponychium). In Western countries, DLSO is mainly due to Trichophyton rubrum.
Superficial white onychomycosis (SWO) is due to fungal invasion of the superficial dorsal nail plate, typically caused by T. rubrum in HIV-infected patients and T. mentagrophytes in immunocompetent individuals.
Proximal subungual onychomycosis (PSO) is caused by invasion of the proximal nail fold. In the absence of paronychia, PSO is typically due to T. rubrum.
While Candida species are frequently cultured from nails, these species are not thought to be the primary pathogen. Candida is commonly associated with chronic paronychia and occasionally secondarily infects the nail plate. True nail invasion by Candida is seen almost exclusively in chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis.
Immunocompromised Patient Considerations:
SWO and PSO have been reported to be more common in HIV infection and immunocompromised states.