Curr Fungal Infect Rep (2017) 11:92–97 DOI 10.1007/s12281-017-0285-6 FUNGAL INFECTIONS OF SKIN AND SUBCUTANEOUS TISSUE (A BONIFAZ, SECTION EDITOR) Jose Manuel Rios-Yuil Published online: 8 July 2017 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2017 Abstract Introduction Purpose of Review Onychomycosis is a growing global health problem. Proper diagnosis is important in order to Onychomycosis is the infection of any part of the nail appa- avoid the risks of unnecessary treatments. This review sum- ratus caused by dermatophytes (tinea unguium), yeasts, or marizes the laboratory techniques currently available for the non-dermatophyte molds . It is a growing global health diagnosis of onychomycosis with the advantages and disad- problem being responsible for approximately 50% of nail dis- vantages of each test. ease and about 30% of mycotic cutaneous infections [1, 2� , 3� , Recent Findings Research is underway to prove the clinical 4]. The prevalence of the disease is rising worldwide and utility of other diagnostic techniques such as PAS-stained nail ranges from 2.1 to 9.1% [2� , 4]. A higher prevalence has been biopsies and molecular tests as viable alternatives for the di- reported in men, individuals over 60 years of age, patients agnosis of onychomycosis with promissory results. with immunosuppressive
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