Re: Nail fungus and yeast linked?
True fungus and yeast are of the same family. Yeast is caused by Candida and can attack the nails as well as vaginal yeast infections, although from what I understand, they are two different strains of the same family.
If it is a yeast infection, the nails will separate from the nail bed, although they will not become thickened, nor will they take on a yellowish discoloration. the area of separation is generally very white and the free edge 'smile' lne will turn into a frown as the infection travels toward the cuticle. Yeast can be contracted in the same manner as true fungus. You usually get it from another infected person through the shower or other hard surface flooring as well as if yu use the same pedicure implements or files.
Fungus can be contracted in the same manner as yeast, although it is characterized by nail thickening, nail separation, apparent yellowing and apparent debris in teh area of separation. Yes, it can be spread form one nail to another.
Wearing socks to bed will only make matters worse as wearing socks willkeep the feet moist, and both fungus and yeast just LOVE all the extra moisture.
Fungus can usually be treated over the counter with one of hte OTC remedies found in drug stores. Yeast under thenails, on the other hand, will not respond to vaginal yeast medications. This type of infection will require a prescription from your doctor. The podiatrist I used to collaborate with usually prescribed Naftin ointment for yeast infection of the nails.
Only your doctor can tell the difference between the two infections.