fungus


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.

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Required Reading

A Day in the Life of a Nail Expert: Fungal Infections

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.   

Bacteria: Back to the Basics

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.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Fungus But Were Too Disgusted to Ask

September 1, 2001

Almost 30 million Americans—approximately 13% of the population—has a fungal infection of the nails (also known onychomycosis).

The Nail Doctor: New Antifungal Treatment Shows Promise

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.

A New Era In The Fight Against Fungus

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.

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