Microscopic plants such as mold, dermatophyte, and yeast; only two members of this family can form colonies in or under the natural nail and under artificial nails; one of these is a yeast called candida albicans and the other is a dematophyte called trichophyton rubrum; if improperly treated, they may lead to serious medical problems; the technical term for fungus is onychomycosis.
December 23, 2013
In response to several questions from readers, Dr. Stern is addressing the topic of fungal infections of the nail and its treatment in this month’s column.
October 1, 2002
As a nail tech, you come in close contact with a number of people on a regular basis, in a type of interaction that makes the spread of bacteria and disease not only possible, but likely. With the recent spotlight on bacteria-related mishaps in the nail industry, we decided to revisit its history, causes, and remedies.
September 1, 2001
Almost 30 million Americans—approximately 13% of the population—has a fungal infection of the nails (also known onychomycosis).
April 1, 2000
Clinical trials demonstrate that the prescription nail lacquer does penetrate the nail lacquer does penetrate the nail, enabling it to get to the fungus, which begins and is active in the skin underneath the nail bed.
January 1, 1996
Fungal infections of the nails have always been tough to treat, with available medications that were either too weak or too toxic. A new generation of treatments may finally turn the tide.