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Can artificial nails cause bacterial or fungal infections?

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If you bang your artificial nail against something, you may dislodge your real nail from the nail bed. Germs, yeast, or fungus can get into the gap and grow. A bacterial infection can turn your nails green. Nail fungus, on the other hand, starts out with a white or yellow spot on the nails. The nail may thicken over time, and it can crumble in severe cases. See your doctor if you suspect any infections.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Artificial nails: Dermatologists’ tips for reducing nail damage.”

The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology : “Cosmetically induced disorders of the nail with update on contemporary nail manicures.”

FDA: “How to safely use nail care products.”

Mayo Clinic: “Can I harm my natural nails by wearing acrylic nails?” “Nail fungus.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Gel manicures can be tough on nails.”

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons: “Athlete’s foot.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Adult foot health.”

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: “Nail Psoriasis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 01, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Artificial nails: Dermatologists’ tips for reducing nail damage.”

The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology : “Cosmetically induced disorders of the nail with update on contemporary nail manicures.”

FDA: “How to safely use nail care products.”

Mayo Clinic: “Can I harm my natural nails by wearing acrylic nails?” “Nail fungus.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Gel manicures can be tough on nails.”

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons: “Athlete’s foot.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Adult foot health.”

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: “Nail Psoriasis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 01, 2018

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