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White Superficial Onychomycosis

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What is White Superficial Onychomycosis and what causes it?

White Superficial Onychomycosis, often abbreviated to ‘WSO’, is a condition where white spots are seen on the superficial layer of the nail plate; unlike Leukonychia though, these white spots can be filed off and are as a result of fungal infection rather than any matrix dystrophy. The condition is commonly caused by a fungal species from the Trichophyton family and is highly infectious.

Who does it affect?

Anyone.

How can nail technicians help?

The underlying fungal disease should be treated by a doctor, who will apply a topical anti-fungal agent.

It is highly infectious so any tools, surfaces or objects that have come in contact with the infected nail will need to be disinfected.

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