Artificial nails may increase the risk of fungal nail infection. However, if artificial nails are fitted properly, using sanitary tools and procedures, there is typically no problem with infection.
Nail fungus, also called onychomycosis, is an infection of toenails or fingernails by fungus, yeast or mold. Symptoms of nail fungus include yellow or white spots at the edge of the nail.
While fungal nail infections usually aren't painful, if left untreated they can lead to pain and discomfort when wearing shoes, walking, or standing for long periods of time, notes WebMD. The two types of fungal nail infections are distal subungual onychomycosis and whi...
There are a variety of treatments available for nail fungus including topical medications and oral drugs. About 50 percent of fungal infections can be cured by oral medications such as terbinafine. A more uncommon treatment may involve removal of the infected nail, as s...
Nail fungus can usually be treated at home with an anti-fungal nail cream or ointment, reports the Mayo Clinic. Applying Vicks VapoRub to the nail is another recommended treatment for the condition. Patients should wash, trim and thin the nails before attempting treatme...
Anti-fungal gels and creams and nail polish all work well in treating nail fungus, according to WebMD. Such treatments also reduce the risk of a return infection and may prevent athlete's foot from moving to the nails.
To cure nail fungus, first get an accurate diagnosis. Try home remedies for an appropriate length of time, then over-the-counter options. Take prescription medication if necessary.