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Posted by Marti
on November 15, 2000 at 13:42:02:
In Reply to: fingernail posted by lisa levy on November 15, 2000 at 11:21:37:
: Back in the summer my 3 yr old son index finger got caught inthe car door. Everything was fine for a while. Then is nail started growing bumpy. Took him to his dr and he said nail with just fall off. His finger nail was getting worse. Started turning yellowish under nail and red around tip of finger. Went to a dermotoligist the other day. Gave him nail clippings for a culture and he sail it would take a month to get back results. Said not sure what kind of fungus, also he gave me oxistat to put on the nail. This hasnt really help. What else could this be if not a fungus.
A fungal or yeast infection which results in Onychomycosis can invade through a tear or break in the proximal and lateral nail folds as well as the eponychium. This type of infection is characterized by onycholysis (nail plate separation) with evident debris under the nail plate. It normally appears white or yellowish in color, and may also change the texture and shape of the nail. The fungus digests the keratin protein of which the nail plate is comprised. As the infection progresses, organic debris accumulates under the nail plate often discoloring it. Other infectious organisms may be involved, and if left untreated, the nail plate may separate from the nail bed and crumble off.
You might want to get some Tee Tree Oil to apply to the surface and underside of the nail plate (if possible). Tee Tree Oil is a natural antisceptic that can help control the infection until the culture allows the doctor to determine the best possible prescription for the infection. Tee Tree Oil is very drying, so do not overuse it, and if your son's skin does become dry, do not apply any kind of nail or cuticle oil as the oil will give the fungus a more moist environment in which to grow. Lotion applied to the skin does not have the same effect as conditioning oils. Yes, it can take up to 4 weeks to grow a culture of the fungus from the nail scrapings.