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Can night sweats caused by menopause be a contributing factor to getting mold-fungus?

Q.

I have been doing nails for a while and from time to time I come across a mold-fungus problem. Some of my clients wear acrylics and love the two-tone appearance. After wearing their sculptured nails, the little yellow-green monster appears and I’m trying to find the cause. After some researching of probable causes and finding none, there is only one possible reason. Please correct me if I’m wrong. Can night sweats caused by menopause be a contributing factor to getting mold-fungus when wearing acrylic nails or tips with an overlay?

A.

Menopause is unlikely the cause. Wearing acrylic nails with an overlay interferes with the transfer of moisture across the nail plate. The sculptured product acts as a barrier and therefore no air can reach the nail plate to allow it to dry. This results in moisture accumulation under the nail, which is conducive to growth of pseudomonas, or the green monster as you call it. Your client is probably experiencing some amount of lifting of the artificial nails, which is keeping the area between the natural nail and the overlay moist. Clients who have chronic problems with this should consider discontinuing artificial nails or should try to keep their hands from staying wet.

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