Avoid Acrylic Nail Fungus

Acrylic nails are a great way to achieve beautiful, stylish nails. However, there is potential for contracting nail fungus, as well as other nail infections, if acrylic nails are not cared for properly.

Acrylic nails are a wonderful way to achieve beautiful, stylish nails of varying lengths, without performing the daily care natural nails require.Acrylic nails are the strongest and last the longest of all the artificial nail types. However, there is potential for contracting nail fungus, as well as other nail infections, if acrylic nails are not cared for properly.

Symptoms of a nail infection include pain, redness, itching and pus in or around the nail area. Fungal infections often cause blue, green, brown, or yellow discoloration and can make the nail appear opaque, thick and brittle.Once an infection occurs, it is necessary to remove the acrylic nails and begin treatment of the infection as recommended by a medical professional.

To avoid acrylic nail fungus, start by patronizing a salon where both the business and the nail technicians are licensed.Make sure the salon that applies your nails uses properly sterilized equipment. Improperly sanitized nail equipment can spread fungal as well as bacterial infections. Ask how their nail implements are sterilized. The best way to sterilize is using heat, but chemical sterilization is also acceptable in many states. If a chemical solution is used, check the product label for words such as germicidal and fungicidal.These words indicate the chemical can kill germs and fungus.In order for the sterilization process to be effective, nail implements must be immersed in the chemical solution for a minimum of ten minutes between customers. Do not be afraid to ask questions and request to observe the sterilization process.Your nail health is at stake and it is up to you to protect it.If the salon staff will not answer your questions, find another salon.

Insist on washing your hands before the nail work begins and make sure the technician does as well.Be sure the nail technician uses a new nail file for your manicure.A safe alternative is to provide your own nail implements.

Avoid having acrylic nails applied if the natural nail or the surrounding area is cut or infected.

Get your acrylic nails filled in promptly. This should be done about every two weeks. As your natural nail grows an opening develops between your nail and the acrylic nail. If this space is not filled in regularly, there is an increased risk of infection. Do not leave your acrylic nails on too long. Leaving acrylic nails on for longer than three months and allowing moisture to accumulate, creates a breeding ground for fungal infections.

If your acrylic nail sustains a bump or a knock, check it carefully for separation from the nail base.This type of separation can leave an opening, however small, in which dirt and germs can accumulate.If there has been a separation, make sure the area is properly cleaned before the nail is bonded back in place. Bacteria and fungi can grow between the nails, spreading into the natural nail if this is not done properly.

Avoid salons in which MMA, methyl methacrylate, is used.MMA is an inexpensive bonding agent used in some discount salons.It can penetrate the skin, which can lead to irritation and infection.

Remember, you can wear beautiful acrylic nails and avoid nail fungus by ensuring your nails are applied properly and well cared for in between refills.Last, but not least, visit your manicurist on a regular basis.

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