Fungal Nail Infection – Nail Polish. Can you use it. Are you embarrassed about a fungal nail infection and thinking a nail polish will cover it up. But is it doing more harm than good?. Lets find out.
Firstly if you are new here lets talk about what nail fungus is. Nail fungus is a common disease of the nail. Many people who suffer from this disease choose to cover their nails with nail polish because of the nail’s ugly look. Many clients ask the question about nail polish and if it’s safe to use to an infected nail. In this chapter, we’ll answer that question and let you know more about the laser fungal nail.
What Is Nail Fungus
Nail fungus or onychomycosis can be easily detected. People with this disease have nails that change in appearance. In most cases, nail fungus can be painful. A person’s nails with onychomycosis turn yellow, thick, rough, or may cause the nails to crumble. Streaks on the side of the nail may also appear, and sometimes, patients completely lose the infected nail. The toenail with fungi may also change its color to brown, yellow or white.
Organisms like dermatophytes, Candida (yeast) and non-dermatophyte molds cause the start of onychomycosis infection. Such organisms live in dark and damp places where a person can get a fungal infection.
People at any age can have a fungal nail disease, but it’s more common in adults.
As people age, the nails become drier and more brittle. When the nails crack, this is where fungi can enter and infect the rest of the nails. Although humans normally have fungi inside and outside the body, the time the number of fungus overgrows, it’s where the symptoms of infection begin.
Fungal Nail Infection Nail Polish – Can You Use It
No. Using nail polish on an infected nail is not advised because it can incubate the fungus in the nails. The application of nail polish can even allow the fungus to grow in a favorable environment where it can thrive. Thus, it’s recommended to avoid applying nail polish on nails that are infected with fungus.
How to Avoid Nail Fungus
- Make sure you have completely dried your feet after showering or bathing. You can use a hair dryer and set it on a low setting to dry off your feet, and prevent any formation of fungi.
- Never take off your shoes when walking in locker rooms, public showers or around public swimming pools.
- Prefer wearing synthetic socks that remove moisture from your feet. You must also change socks during the day if your feet sweat a lot.
- Wear shoes with breathable materials, and fit just right – not too tight or too loose.
- Avoid using socks and stockings that are too tight, and can trap moisture between your toes.
- Never pull or remove the skin around your toenails.
- Get an antifungal spray or powder and put it in your shoes or on your feet.
- Make sure your pedicure tools are always clean and disinfected. If you have a pedicure salon, tell your Manicurists and Pedicurists to do the same.
- Never cover up your infected nails with nail polish. It can trap the moisture and heat, which can worsen the condition.
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