Re: lifting and white growing under fingernails
There can be one of several reasons why your nail plate is lifting, and one of them is a yeast infection (candida). White superficial fungal infections are just as 'contageous' as the type that turns the nail plate thick and is evidenced by debris between the plate and the nail bed. Both types will make the nail plate lift from the nail bed (onycholysis). Since candida is a 'yeast' type nfection and not a true 'fungus' infection, it is actually easier to treat. You can get some monostat 7 and apply it underneath your nails twice a day. It will take a while to kill the infection - maybe up to 6 months, but it will work. (Yes, it is the same type of 'yeast' that causes a yeast infection in females.)
There is absolutely NO WAY that the doctor can say it is not a fungus infection unless he takes a scraping of the debris from the lifted area of the nail and grows a culture in a petri dish. If the doctor just looked at the nail and said it wasn't fungus, he did not perform a proper diagnosis. Try visiting a dermatologist rather than your regular MD - dermatologists are more highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of nail diseases and disorders, and are more likely to give a proper diagnosis and prescription.
Type "white superficial fungus" or 'candida" into your search browser and you will find more information on the infection.
Leuconychia is white spots ON the nail plate that are caused by slight trauma to the matrix, but this does not cause lifting of the nail plate. This is what the other girl was referring to.<p>[This message has been edited by Marti (edited 08-04-2002).]