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Doctor insights on: Candida Nail Infection

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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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It seems that I have nail infection. First part of the nail became white and for the next two weeks it started to become green.

It seems that I have nail infection. First part of the nail became white and for the next two weeks it started to become green.

Bacterial vs Yeast: When you have greenish discoloration of the nail, you are correct in assuming you have a nail infection. As long as it does not get too severe, it should be easy to treat with topical medications and if needed a short course of oral medications. However, the greenish discoloration under the nail may take many months to clear out as the nail grows out. See your pcp to for help. ...Read more

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I have a nail infection. What drug should I take?

Nail infection: That depends on the type of infection ( bacterial, fungal, etc.). Please have your doctor take a look. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what could I do to treat this nail infection?

Can you tell me what could I do to treat this nail infection?

It depends: There are various types of infections. Infections can be due to a fungus, bacterial or due to a virus. The treatment will depend on the type of infection and on what exactly is infected. Have it evaluated by a professional to get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what kind of practitioner would one see for a fairly severe nail infection?

Can you tell me what kind of practitioner would one see for a fairly severe nail infection?

Have it evaluated: Have it evaluated by a podiatrist if it is on the foot. If it is on the hand, have it evaluated by you primary care physician or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What causes paronychia (nail infection) ?

What causes paronychia (nail infection) ?

Bacteria Fungus Yeas: Paronychia is a common skin infection that occurs around the nails. It is initiated by an injury that allows the percutaneous penetration and subsequent colonization by a bacteria, yeast, or fungus. At times the infection may be a combination of these organisms. ...Read more

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I have a nail infection, and i've been taking fluconazole 150mg for two months, it doen't help me! what can I do?

Change meds: Talk to your doctor. Terbinafine or sporonox are alternative medications that are more effective. Also maybe get a second opinion to ensure that the diagnosis is correct. Be patient it can take up to 6 months for the fingernail to grow out completely with a new healthy nail. ...Read more

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What are the cures for fungal nail infection?

What are the cures for fungal nail infection?

Oral antifungal med: Unfortunately, nail fungus infections are very difficult to cure. Because fungus grow between the thickened nail plate and the nail bed, the poor penetration of topical agents make them an unsuccessful treatment option. Lasers are *thus far* not very successful for the same reason. Oral antifungal such as lamisil, is released in the nail bed, thus better targeting the fungus. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: fungal nail infection?

Fungus in the nail: Fungus is an organism that thrives in a dark, damp environment and can be found on the skin or nails. As we age, we are more prone to developing fungus in our nails. Also diabetics are very commonly seen with fungal nails. There is usually thickness, yellowish discoloration, and the presence of dead tissue under the nail when a person has fungus in their nail. ...Read more

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Yeast (Definition)

Any of various unicellular fungi of the genus saccharomyces, especially s. Cerevisiae, reproducing by budding and from ascospores and capable ...Read more


Candida (Definition)

Is a type of fungus which normally lives in small amounts on mucus membranes. An overgrowth of candida in the mouth produces a condition called 'thrush'. This is often triggered ...Read more