Identification of Nail Yeast Infection
Candida albicans infection of the skin around the base and sides of the nails frequently occurs. Both the hands and feet are targets for infection. People most at risk are whose hands are constantly wet and children who suck their thumbs. The skin at the base of the nail becomes red and painful over the period of a day or so. Occasionally, there is pus discharged from the sides of the nails. If the infection persists, the skin below the nail can become infected. If this occurs, the nail can become irregular, thickened and brittle, with ridges and groves in it.
Natural Treatment of Nail Yeast Infection
Infections in the skin around the edge of the nail may be successfully treated with Tea
Tree Oil. This oil should be applied twice daily and massaged into the affected area until the infection goes away.
When the Candida albicans infection goes under the nail, it becomes much more difficult to treat. This is because the area is protected by the nail surface. To treat infections under the fingernail or toenail, a solution of Gentian Violet Crystal Violet in alcohol should be painted on the nails, like nail polish. This application should continue twice a week for 3-4 months.
Gentian Violet or Crystal Violet Solution is available at pharmacies or chemists.
Prevention of Nail Yeast Infection
• Try to avoid infection by keeping the nail and surrounding skin as dry as possible.
• If your hands must be frequently immersed in water, protect your hands, nails and cuticles with lanolin, or wear gloves.
• If you are prone to infection by Candida albicans under or around the nail, massage the nail and cuticle areas with Tea Tree Oil prior to exposure to water.