Diagnosis of onychomycosis made simple.

  title={Diagnosis of onychomycosis made simple.},
  author={David H. Ellis},
  journal={Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology},
  volume={40 6 Pt 2},
  • David H. Ellis
  • Published 1999 in Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Because onychomycosis requires long-term systemic therapy, it is essential to diagnose the infection accurately. Although in theory this diagnosis should be simple, results achieved in practice are uneven. Clinicians should be aware of the need to collect an adequate specimen and of the possible need for repeat collections. Direct microscopic techniques for examination of nail scrapings include 10% potassium hydroxide (KOH) with Parker ink, 10% KOH with dimethyl sulfoxide, and 10% KOH with… CONTINUE READING

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