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Nail Polish & Fungus

Posted by M. Shannon on February 16, 2001 at 12:31:19:

Hello,
I've read some posting on your web pages about nail polish and nail fungus. I do wear dark nail polish, and have
notice some white patches on the grand toenails. They seem to grow when I change the polish. I've been taking pictures of the nails, and it confirms that they (white spots) are growing. Could this be fungus, or something else? Can I try the treatment before it reaches the matrix? Will the treatment prohibit the growth of the fungus on the nail (i.e. spreading?)

One more thing. I have read on the Net that in really bad cases where the fungus has infected the whole thickness of the nail, that the matrix has been permently scared. How
dose the matrix get scared and dose this scaring effect the growth of the nail, and the looks of the nail?



Re: Nail Polish & Fungus

Posted by Sarah on February 17, 2001 at 08:04:26:

In Reply to: Nail Polish & Fungus posted by M. Shannon on February 16, 2001 at 12:31:19:

Dear M. Shanon -
Nail polish can cause loss of oxygen to the toe nail and can cause nail fungus in some people. Even if there is no fungus, the white spots indicate dead tissue between the nail and the nail bed. This area of loss of healthy contact can easily turn into fungus. If you only have a couple of spots, the following solution has worked for me. It will take 3-6 months.

(1)Cut the nail way back. Get rid of ALL of the white part -you may need to go to a podiatrist to do this. It is worth going to the podiatrist because they have better tools to to theis easily and painlessly and you do not want to spend six months doing this only to say "Oops, guess I should have cut all the nail all the way back". Trimming the dead part is easiest if the white spot extends all the way to the free edge of your toenail; in other words, you only have to cut dead nail and dead skin. If you have a white spot that is totally surrounded by pink, healthy skin, it would be too painful (and not worth the risk to your nail) to cut through the healthy area to get to the diseased area. You can try part (2), but it's unlikely it would penetrate the nai enough to cure it. You may need oral antifungals for a time and use (2) in a maintenance/preventive mode.

(2) Once the nail bed is exposed, clean away any dead tissue - wash it well. Then use Mycocide (Woodward Labs, non-prescription, but you may need to order it from your pharmacy) twice a day, all over your nail and around the free edge. Let it dry before putting on socks.

(3) Monitor weekly. If it starts to grow out white again, go back to the podiatrist and trim your nail again. Continue. You may need 2-3 trips to the podiatrist.

(4) Once the problem is solved, two suggestions: Recognize that you may have a tendency towards this and minimize the use of toenail polish - special occasions only, remove quickly. Use the Mycocide 2-3 times/week on a preventive basis.

Good luck.



Re: Nail Polish & Fungus (Archive)

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 18, 2001 at 08:39:45:

In Reply to: Nail Polish & Fungus posted by M. Shannon on February 16, 2001 at 12:31:19:

Hi, M.

The main thing the polish does is hold moisture in the nail and that GREATLY increases the attraction the tissue has for fungus. IF this is fungus getting started it POSSIBLY is not too late for you to resolve the problem just by stopping the polish.

Since there are no side effects from using the vinegar, there is no time too early to use this as an option. However, the cure is NOT 100% if the polish is continued.

Let us know how you do.

Walt

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Re: Nail Polish & Fungus

Posted by
Stressed2thehilt on February 18, 2001 at 10:27:01:

In Reply to: Nail Polish & Fungus posted by M. Shannon on February 16, 2001 at 12:31:19:

Try using tea tree oil on your nails inbetween paint jobs. First do a good antispetic soak on your nails. Personally I like to use dishsoap and listerine. Allow to air dry thoroughly. Using CLEAN clippers and files (disinfect with a good strong antibacterial soap. clip the nails back as far as possible. Keep them filed squared, not rounded. Once this is done clean your nails off again. when dry apply the tea tree oil and using a clean and disinfected buffer, buff the oil into your nails. Whether or not you polish again is up to you. If you do, first clean off the nails with polish remover so that the polish will not chip off right away.

You also need to treat your shoes. Clean out your shoes thoroughly. If you can replace the inserts replace them. If not use a good shoe spray to clean them. some Lysol wouldn't hurt. Keeping your shoes dry is a big part of healthy feet.

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