You might think that with an artificial nail fungus would not be a problem, but in reality, fungal nail infection can be even more of a worry when you apply false nails on top of natural nails. This is because fungi grow well in damp airless places, like inside shoes, and on warm sweaty feet, and false nails do restrict the flow of air around the nail. Fungal infections of the fingernails are much less common than toenail infections, so the issue is not a big one, but bear in mind that a natural fingernail covered with a sheet of acrylic, fiberglass, or other synthetic material does not get as much exposure to air.
A fingernail discolored and distorted by fungal growth is not a pretty thing, and when your fingernails look like this it’s tempting to cover up the damage so that other people won’t see it. However, when you apply an artificial nail fungus does not go away, it just gets put out of sight. Untreated, and possibly even more comfortable, it will continue to grow and to destroy the natural nail. It may spread to other fingernails, and toenails, or to the skin around the nails. Eventually, natural nails may disintegrate so badly that it’s no longer possible to apply a false nail, and by this time the appearance of the nail will be very much worse. You need to deal with your fungal infection, not hide it.
One more artificial nail fungus connection comes as a result of the booming nail industry: many women are now visiting professionals to have their false nails applied. They are enjoying nail spas, and getting manicures and pedicures in greater numbers than ever before. Unfortunately, this gives the fungi that invade human nails a chance to spread. Some of the women that visit your nail-care professional already have fungus growing in their finger- and toenails. While they are receiving services, fungal spores contaminate the equipment in the facility, and if the facility doesn’t follow strict rules for cleaning and disinfecting, these spores will still be around when the next customer arrives. Then, with each artificial nail fungus gets a free ride onto a natural nail and another chance to flourish in a comfortable environment. This is not a theory: fungi and other infectious organisms have been spread by nail-care procedures.
If you use artificial nails fungus may become an issue for you. To avoid it, choose a nail-care professional carefully and ask about disinfection procedures, follow recommendations for the care of your false nails, and deal with any symptoms of fungal infection promptly.