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Re: Fingernail fungus that won't go away

Re: Fingernail fungus that won't go away

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Posted by Marti on October 30, 2000 at 14:37:18:

In Reply to: Fingernail fungus that won't go away posted by Daryn on October 30, 2000 at 14:11:33:

: I have had problems with my fingernails and a couple toes for several years. I have seen a podiatrist, dermatologist and my regualr practitioner.
: I have taken the 2 leading oral medications 3 separate times and my nails are only getting worse. The fingernails are raised off the nail bed and hurt quite alot.
: Does anyone have any suggestions?t

There are several different kinds of nail fungus. even though they are grouped under the one term. Do the nails have a greenish discoloration between the nail bed and the nail plate? If so, it is caused by the pseudomonas bacterium which can lead to the nail plate lifting. This type of bacterium can enter the space between the nail plate and the nail bed if a tear or cut has occured to break the seal between the bed and the plate. It requires moisture to grow and food to eat. It 'eats' the contaminates that get trapped in the break or tear, and it needs the natural moisture in the nail plae to grow. Eliminate the 'food' and the 'moisture' and the bacterium will die.

True 'nail fungus' is rare, although a fungal or yeast infection can also invade through a tear 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 in color, and may also change the texture and shape of the nail. After enough debris collects under the nail plate, the nail plate may turn yellowish in color, and the collected debris may cause discomfort. The recommendation is to keep the nail length cut very short and NEVER try to clean out the debris between the plate and the nail bed. Doing so can cause further injury to the nail bed. This type of infection can spread to other nails, so it is vital that your dermatologist perform a scraping and a culture to determine if the infection is fungal or yeast (candida). This is the only way to determine the proper medication, and it is VITAL that you take the medication as prescribed. If you go to a gym, never go barefoot in the shower or any of the 'wet' rooms. Keep your hands annd feet clean and dry at all times. You might also check with your dermatologist about PENLAC nail enamel -- it contains an anti-fungal ingredient; it is painted on the nails just like clear polish, and remains on the nails to help 'kill' the infection. To find the web site, just type the name of the enamel into your browsers search engine, and you'll be right there. They have pictures of the type of infection (fungal) that you might be speaking of.

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