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Review: allylamines, azoles, undecenoic acid, and tolnaftate are effective for fungal skin infections of the foot

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QUESTION: Are topical treatments effective for fungal infections of the skin and nails of the foot?

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Studies were identified using Medline (1966 to December 1997), EMBASE/Excerpta Medica (1980 to December 1997), CINAHL (inception to December 1997), Cochrane Controlled Trials Register, Science and Social Science Citation Indexes, CAB–Health, Healthstar, DARE, NHS Economic Evaluation, and EconLit and by scanning bibliographies of relevant and unpublished studies, handsearching journals, and contacting drug companies and experts.

Study selection

Randomised controlled trials were selected if they evaluated topical treatments for mycologically diagnosed fungal infections of the skin and nails of the foot.

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Study methodology and quality, participant characteristics, intervention regimens and costs, …

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  • Source of funding: The Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care, UK.

  • For correspondence:Ms F Crawford, Department of Health Sciences and Clinical Evaluation, The University of York, Alcuin College, Heslington, York YO1 5DD, UK. Fax +44 (0)190 443 4503.