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What Is Onycholysis?

August 1, 2008  | Article

Onycholysis may look scary, but fortunately, a separated nail can re-attach itself. Nail techs can do their part by offering gentle, soothing services that help prevent further irritation to the affected nail.

The Truth About Hormones and Nails

July 1, 2008  | Article

There’s a theory floating around that suggests hormones can wreak havoc on nails, causing the product to lift and nails to “fall off .” Is there any truth to the tale or are the affects of hormones the stuff of urban legends?

Keywords: applying enhancements to unhealthy nails   brittle nails   Doug Schoon   effects of medications on nails   hormones  

What Is Onycholysis?

July 1, 2008  | Article

Onycholysis is when the nail separates from the nail bed. It’s a very common condition, and one that, if treated quickly, poses no danger to clients.

Keywords: applying enhancements to unhealthy nails   fungal infections   nail diseases   nail separation   onycholysis  

New Approach May Render Staph Harmless

June 1, 2008  | Article

Exciting new treatment strategy could help the body defend against potentially lethal strains of antibiotic-resistant Staph, also known as MRSA.

Keywords: client health   healthy working   infection control   MRSA   salon sanitation  

What Are Splinter Hemorrhages?

June 1, 2008  | Article

They get their name from their resemblance to a little splinter wedged under the nail. In most cases, these small thin lines are harmless. But techs should be aware they could signal a larger problem.

Keywords: fungal infections   nail diseases   nail trauma   psoriasis   splinter hemorrhage  

No Toenail? No Problem. Rebuilding Toenails

May 1, 2008  | Demo

You may be surprised to learn that scotch tape is a key ingredient when repairing badly damaged toenails. Athena Elliott, the owner of SPAthena in Houston and a certified Medical Nail Technician, describes her method of rebuilding toenails when clients have very little nail.

Keywords: acrylics   damaged toenails   enhancements   forms   nail prep  

What Are Plantar Warts?

May 1, 2008  | Article

Somewhat unsightly and decidedly painful, plantar warts are an annoying, persistent nuisance. But early, consistent treatment could be all it takes to eliminate this common virus.

Keywords: foot disorders   skin conditions  

What Is Psoriasis?

April 1, 2008  | Article

Psoriasis is a chronic, recurring condition that commonly causes red scaly patches to appear on the skin. These patches frequently occur on the elbows and knees, but can affect any area including the fingernails and toenails.

Keywords: nail diseases   psoriasis   skin conditions  

What Is Pterygium

March 1, 2008  | Article

Pterygium is a medical condition in which the skin grabs onto the nail plate and grows forward as the nails grows out. Nail techs are well positioned to identify this rare disorder in its early stages.

Keywords: nail diseases   pterygium  

Are Nail Biting Woes Over?

February 1, 2008  | Article

Cosmetics marketer in the Netherlands says he's found a cure to habitual nail biting.

Keywords: nail biting   onychophagy  

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

February 1, 2008  | Article

This common infection of the feet is most often characterized by cracked, flaking, peeling skin between the toes. In the majority of cases, it responds well to self care.

Keywords: athlete's foot   foot care   fungus   skin conditions  

Can callus buildup be caused by a fungus?

February 1, 2008  | Article

Fungus or callus? Here's how to tell the difference.

Keywords: callus   foot care   fungal infections   fungus  

Lifestyle Trends Affect the Health of Our Feet

November 1, 2007  | Article

Lifestyle factors affect the health of our feet. Obesity, poor circulation, and even the choice of shoe can lead to serious foot conditions.

Keywords: diabetic clients   foot care   fungus   skin diseases   special needs clients  

U.S. Deaths From Drug-Resistant Staph on the Rise

October 18, 2007  | News

A new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the number of deaths caused by MRSA staph infections in the U.S. may soon surpass the number of deaths caused by AIDS, writes the Associated Press.

Keywords: MRSA   pedicure sanitation   staph infections  

Spread the News About Onychomycosis

September 1, 2007  | Article

As nail techs, our interest in how to treat onychomycosis seems insatiable. We want to stay informed and update our client on new ways to treat this persistent problem. You’ll be glad to know topical treatments are already in the testing phase, and NAILS has all the details.

Keywords: antifungals   fungal infections   onychomycosis  

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