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All Lacquered Up – Nail Infection

Nail the Crux of the Infection

Nail infections can be either caused by dermatophytes, yeast or moulds. Bear in mind that a nail fungal infection is contagious. Some medical conditions, such as psoriasis, diabetes or AIDS, and medications and treatments like chemotherapy, also lead to nail infections! Your lifestyle is also a big factor for getting the infection. Athletes and sports people and those who work in damp environments have a high risk of developing nail infections as well.

Dermatophyte Infections

Frequenting damp areas such as swimming pools, locker rooms, your garden and even using unhygienic manicure tools can give you dermatophyte nail infections. But it can also be caused by a minor accident, like stubbing your toe and exposing your nail bed to infections.

Yeast Infections

Exposure to anything wet and damp, like excessive hand washing, or being in the food or hospital industry can increase your risk of getting nail infections. Yeast infections can thrive under the nails of people overexposed to moisture, and may even cause the nails to fall off.

Mould Infections

Unlike dermatophyte infections, moulds frequently result in paronychia (inflamed nail folds).1 One or more toenails may be infected, or the mould may simply be a contaminant. The surrounding skin is often dry and may itch. Walking barefooton earth soil, such as the garden or forest, is a risk factor for catching moulds.2

Treatment

Topical antifungal like nail lacquer helps treat nail infections. Apply nail lacquer to the affected nails at a dosage of one to two applications weekly. Some of the best nail lacquers contain the active ingredient amorolfine, which is an antifungal medicine used to treat infections caused by fungi, yeasts and moulds. Amorolfine kills fungi and yeasts by interfering with their cell membranes. Nail lacquer is painted onto the infected nails like nail varnish. It is resistant to soap and water and stays on the nails, allowing the medicine to penetrate through the nail into the nail bed and attack the infection.

1http://dermnetnz.org/fungal/moulds.html

2http://www.abimelec.com/dermatologist/fungal_nail_infection.html

Posted by ezyhealth on May 10 2012. Filed under Wellness. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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