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Can You Get a Nail Fungus From a Manicure?

Nail Fungus From A Manicure
Onychomycosis, more commonly referred to simply as nail fungus, is a very common chronic condition that affects as many as 36 million Americans. Anyone can get nail fungus at any time, but it is most common in adults, especially the elderly and people with diabetes or poor circulation. Though fungus is most common on the toe nails, infections can also develop on the fingernails. Before we answer the question, “Can you get a nail fungus from a manicure?”, let’s learn a bit more about what nail fungus is and how it spreads.

What is Nail Fungus?

Nail fungus is a chronic condition in which the nails become brittle, discolored or thick as the result of the presence of fungi beneath the surface of the nail. An infection usually begins as a small, discolored spot, but in time, the infection spreads. When left untreated, the nails can become extremely thick and brittle, sometimes lifting away from the nail bed. In some instances, they can be quite painful.

How is Nail Fungus Spread?

The fungi that causes onychomycosis thrives in warm, moist environments. People commonly pick up infections in their toes after going barefoot in public locker rooms at gyms or pools or in spas. Nail salons can also be sources of fungal infections.

Can You Get a Nail Fungus From a Manicure?

If you are getting a manicure, it is important that the tools used are properly sterilized. When they are not sterilized in an appropriate manner in between customers, they can spread nail fungus. This is especially common when tools used in a pedicure on a customer with nail fungus are later used during a manicure without proper sterilization. Infections can also be spread through nail polish that has been used on someone with an infection. American Idol judge Paula Abdul suffered a severe fungal infection in her thumbnail following a manicure in 2004. It took more than a year to fully clear up. So, the simple answer to “Can you get a nail fungus from a manicure?” is yes.

How Do You Get Rid of Nail Fungus?

Once you have a fungal infection, it can be very difficult to get rid of. Topical medications and prescription systemic anti-fungal medications can take a long time to work, if they work at all. Systemic anti-fungal medications are also dangerous and can lead to severe complications in some individuals. The most effective method for safely treating nail fungus is laser therapy. Laser treatments using the Q-Clear laser quickly and safely destroys the fungus. Unlike other treatments that have difficulty reaching the infection, the Q-Clear laser can actually penetrate the nail to get to the site of the infection. It does not cause damage to the nail or surrounding tissue, and there are no known side effects associated with the procedure. Treatment takes less than 10 minutes, and there is no need for any downtime. In most cases, the fungus can be destroyed in just one session, and treatment with fungus removal with the Q-Clear laser is more affordable than you probably think.

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