As humans, we’re highly susceptible to yeast infections – and more often than not, yeast infections are found in the genital area. But despite this, yeast infections also appear on areas like the navel and skin as well as the nails. Our nails are a part of the body where yeast infections occur pretty commonly: once a nail is exposed to a yeast infection, it can fall off due to the moisture that accumulates under the nail bed.
Yeast infection on the fingernails is common if you have to keep your hands constantly clean because of handling food or working with water; people who have OCD which manifests by excessive hand washing can also expose themselves to yeast infections. Read on to find out more about nail yeast infections.
There are two ways to see a yeast infection in the nails. A dark green color may appear in the nail plate, caused by the accumulation of moisture in the nail. Or, the nail can change to a yellow and white color while becoming brittle. The nails can become weak and chip easily when you use them to scratch your skin or open a can of soda. The top of the nail will chip off and become very flaky. As the yeast infection spreads, the nails will become discolored and lose their natural shine. The lower part of the nail right under the cuticle will develop a swelling that’s painful to touch, as it contains puss. Eventually, the nail is destroyed and the nail falls off the nail bed. It may take months before the nail is set back in its position even after the infection is removed.
If you want to steer clear of yeast infections, avoid washing your hands too much, especially with an anti-bacterial soap – surprisingly, this acts as a catalyst for yeast infection. Yeast exists in the human body regardless, but the idea is to prevent too much moisture from getting into the body because this causes the yeast to multiply which leads to infection and pain. Nail care isn’t very complicated, and by following some simple steps, it’s easy to prevent yeast and other related infections. All you need to do is to be keen on your nail health and consult when in doubt. If you are suffering from a yeast infection, be sure that there is sufficient medication to treat such infections and the condition is relatively easy to care for and get rid of – after all, it’s not just the nails that can be affected by yeast infections. If you suspect that you have a yeast infection, see your doctor as soon as possible to get the infection treated.