Impact of onychomycosis on quality of life

LA Drake Department of Dermatology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City 73104, USA.

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The author reviews the current knowledge of the impact of onychomycosis on quality of life. Like other visible disorders of the integumentary system, onychomycosis affects many aspects of life, including physical functioning, interpersonal interactions, and emotional state. After examining the nature of quality of life and the study instruments used to measure it, the author reviews several studies that have examined the relationship between onychomycosis and quality of life. The author concludes that onychomycosis is a significant medical problem that has a great impact on patients' lives and should therefore be treated as definitively as possible.