Quality of life in patients with toenail onychomycosis

Mycoses. 2013 Sep;56(5):543-51. doi: 10.1111/myc.12072. Epub 2013 Mar 18.

Abstract

Onychomycosis is a common, chronic fungal nail infection that can have a significant negative impact on patients' physical and social functioning and emotional well-being. This study was undertaken to assess health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with toenail onychomycosis. The Onychomycosis QoL questionnaire (ONYCHO), as a disease-specific instrument, and the Short Form 36 Health Survey (SF-36) as a generic instrument, were applied in 140 consecutive patients affected by onychomycosis. Women and patients who were experiencing toenail onychomycosis for more than 2 years were reporting worse disease-specific HRQoL. The patients working in blue-collar occupations and patients with greater involvement of individual nails were more affected by onychomycosis regarding symptoms. The results of this study confirm that although onychomycosis is not a life-threatening disease, it can significantly reduce patients' QoL.

Keywords: ONYCHO; Onychomycosis; SF-36; dermatology; quality of life.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nails / microbiology*
  • Nails / pathology*
  • Onychomycosis / microbiology
  • Onychomycosis / pathology*
  • Onychomycosis / psychology*
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult