In the United States, an estimated 10 million individuals suffer from onychomycosis, a fungal infection of the nails. Although the exact incidence is not known, studies suggest that between 2% and 26% of the general population worldwide are affected. Onychomycosis is commonly seen in conjunction with tinea pedis or may occur secondary to trauma to the nail. Although both fingernails and toenails can be infected, onychomycosis occurs approximately four times more frequently in toe-nails than in fingernails.

A large survey done in Europe in 1997 through 1998 on patients presenting to ...

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