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Crinkly toenails

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 12 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:448

Toenail onychomycosis can cause serious problems

  1. Natalie Stone, dermatology specialist registrar,
  2. Rodney Dawber, dermatology consultant
  1. Churchill Hospital, Oxford, OX3 7LJ
  2. Anaesthetic Department, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton SO16 6YD

    EDITOR—We have read with interest and dismay the flurry of correspondence from general practitioners sent in response to your articles concerning the treatment of toenail onychomycosis.1 2 Toenail onychomycosis seems to be regarded by many as a purely cosmetic problem and relegated to causing no more distress to the patient than a crinkly nail.24

    The letters raise two important issues: firstly, the need to highlight the subsequent possible sequelae from leaving toenail onychomycosis untreated; and, secondly, the ongoing conflict between meeting this year's drug …

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