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Could Your Salon Visit Make You Sick?

Posted 27 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 – Holiday parties and gatherings mean more trips to nail and hair salons for some. But if you're not careful, you might end up picking up more than you bargained for. In a recent small survey of nail and hair salon clients, more than two-thirds said they'd had one or more health issues after visiting a salon. These included skin problems, fungal infections and respiratory symptoms. "When it comes to safety, the most important thing is being aware of the dangers present in salons," said Lindsey Milich, lead author of a study based on the survey. She's a research analyst at the Rutgers School of Public Health in Piscataway, N.J. Nail and hair salons generally offer a wide range of services. Manicures, pedicures, applying artificial nails, removing hair with wax, hair styling and hair coloring are common offerings. However, many of these services involve exposure ... Read more

Related support groups: Fungal Infections, Onychomycosis - Toenail, Poisoning, Onychomycosis - Fingernail, Onychomycosis, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse

4 Steps for Healthier Nails

Posted 6 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 – Good nail care is important, but it's possible to overdo it. For instance, it turns out that too much clipping can actually be harmful. Trimming nails every day can create stress across the entire nail. Over time, it can change nail shape and even lead to conditions like ingrown toe nails. It's fine to trim your nails with nail clippers or scissors, but no more than once every week or two. Fingernails should follow the shape of your fingertips, straight across and slightly rounded at the sides. Clip toenails straight across at the level of the toe. File in only one direction to keep nails strong. Here are other care tips: Keep nails clean and dry whenever possible. Moisturize nails and cuticles with hand lotion or cream. Nail polish offers some protection, but don't use polish remover more than twice a month. Try to avoid all nail products with toluene, ... Read more

Related support groups: Onychomycosis - Toenail, Onychomycosis - Fingernail, Nail Dystrophy

How Savvy Are You About Nail Care Safety?

Posted 28 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 – Before your next manicure or pedicure, give some thought to the safety of your nail care products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says nail polishes and removers are safe when used as intended. But under the wrong circumstances, going for that polished look can ignite problems. For example, some nail products can catch fire easily. They should not be exposed to flames, including lit cigarettes, or heat sources such as curling irons, the agency warns. Also, some nail products should only be used in areas with good air circulation (ventilation). Some also can harm your eyes and can be harmful if swallowed. The products must list ingredients in the order of decreasing amounts. If you have concerns about certain ingredients, check the labels. Possible troublemakers include nail hardeners and nail polishes that contain formaldehyde, which can cause skin ... Read more

Related support groups: Monistat, Monistat 3, Monistat 7, Onychomycosis - Toenail, Ciclopirox, Jublia, Onychomycosis - Fingernail, Lotrimin, Econazole, Naftin, Tinactin, Ting, Tolnaftate, Canesten, Nystop, Loprox, Kerydin, Penlac, Zeasorb-AF, Oxistat

Recognizing Nail Fungus

Posted 27 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 – If you think you have nail fungus, you might be tempted to hide your problem with nail polish or self-treat with over-the-counter antifungal products. But you should visit a doctor instead, a dermatologist suggests. "Nail fungus can be an embarrassing problem, but you shouldn't be embarrassed to discuss it with a board-certified dermatologist, who can help you manage this condition," said Dr. Shari Lipner. She is an assistant professor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. "Although nail fungus is the most common nail disorder that dermatologists treat, not every nail problem is caused by fungus, and there are several other conditions that may look similar, including nail psoriasis and nail trauma," Lipner said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "If you treat something that's not a fungus as a fungus, it may not help your ... Read more

Related support groups: Monistat, Baclofen, Monistat 3, Monistat 7, Fungal Infections, Onychomycosis - Toenail, Ciclopirox, Jublia, Onychomycosis - Fingernail, Lotrimin, Econazole, Onychomycosis, Naftin, Tinactin, Ting, Canesten, Nystop, Lioresal, Tolnaftate, Loprox

Health Tip: Coping With Sweaty Feet

Posted 7 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If your feet are sweaty much of the time, you may have a condition called hyperhidrosis. While it's not cause for worry, you can do things to cope with excess sweating. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests: Wash your feet daily, especially between the toes, with antibacterial soap. Dry feet well, then sprinkle cornstarch, foot powder or an antifungal powder to keep feet dry. Choose socks made of synthetic materials that wick sweat away from the feet. Avoid socks made of 100 percent cotton. Wear shoes made of breathable material. Keep an extra pair of socks with you and change them during the day. Read more

Related support groups: Hyperhidrosis, Onychomycosis - Toenail, Tinea Pedis, Foot Care

Health Tip: Identifying Nail Fungus

Posted 1 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- A fungal nail infection may not always hurt, but it can trigger unsightly discolored nails that itch, along with surrounding toes or fingers. The American Academy of Dermatology says symptoms of a fungal nail infection include: Nails that become yellow or brown, starting at the tips and spreading across the nails. Such nails may crumble or split. Accumulation of debris underneath the nails. Eventually, the nails can detach as they pull away from the nail beds. A powdery, soft or dry texture to the nails. Read more

Related support groups: Onychomycosis - Toenail, Onychomycosis - Fingernail, Nail Dystrophy

Health Tip: Preventing Ingrown Toenail

Posted 22 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail grows into the skin, causing pain and sometimes an infection. To avoid the problem, the American Podiatric Medical Association suggests: Trimming toenails straight across. Avoiding tight shoes that squeeze the toes. Protecting feet from injury. Using nail clippers to trim the nails, and using a nail file to gently smooth sharp edges. Never rip a nail with your fingers. Keeping nails trimmed to the tips of the toes. Read more

Related support groups: Onychomycosis - Toenail, Foot Care, Nail Dystrophy

Avoid Unsightly Fungal Toenail Infections

Posted 21 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – Fungal nail infections, though unsightly, are generally painless and can often be prevented, a skin and nail specialist says. "Fungal nail infections are common and tend to run in families because of an inherited tendency, although not everyone is susceptible," Dr. Joshua Zeichner said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "Since fungal nail infections are contagious, it's important to take precautions to reduce your risk of getting an infection," Zeichner added. He's an assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Signs that you've picked up a fungus include yellow or brown nails. The nail may also lift off the nail bed, or split or crumble. So what can you do to keep this icky problem at bay? The first step is keeping your toenails trimmed short. This helps prevent debris from building up ... Read more

Related support groups: Lamisil, Terbinafine, Onychomycosis - Toenail, Ciclopirox, Onychomycosis - Fingernail, Onychomycosis, Penlac, Loprox, Lamisil AT, Lamisil Oral Granules, Hydroxypropyl Chitosan/terbinafine, Lamisil Topical, Ciclodan, Terbinex, Lamisil AT Jock Itch, Loprox TS, Pedipirox-4, Penlac Nail Lacquer, Lamisil Once, Lamisil AT Athletes Foot

Health Tip: Make Sure Kids' Shoes Fit Well

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Children need carefully-fitted, sturdy shoes to support their growing feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these shoe-shopping tips: A child's feet typically grow quickly, so sizes may change every few months. Always measure your child's feet before buying a pair of shoes. Shoes that don't fit well can lead to discomfort and irritation. Check for these and signs of uneven wear, which could need a podiatrist's care. Avoid secondhand shoes, which may not fit well and could spread fungal infection. When it comes to shoes, there's no such thing as a necessary break-in period. Make sure shoes are comfortable from the start. If your child's feet are different sizes, buy the size the fits the larger foot. Read more

Related support groups: Tinea Corporis, Onychomycosis - Toenail, Tinea Pedis, Onychomycosis, Foot Care

Health Tip: Recognizing Toenail Fungus

Posted 10 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Tiny fungi can creep under your toenails and cause an infection, leading to a number of unpleasant symptoms. The American Podiatric Medical Association says signs of toenail fungus include nails that: Are darker white or more yellow than usual. Have a strong odor. Accumulate debris below the surface, such as white flecks. Become thick and may be difficult to cut. Are infected and transmit that infection to neighboring nails. Are painful, making it more difficult to walk. Read more

Related support groups: Onychomycosis - Toenail, Onychomycosis, Foot Care

Health Tip: Protect Your Hands While Gardening

Posted 26 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Digging and weeding can pose dangers for your hands, so use caution while working in your garden. The American Society for Surgery of the Hand suggests these precautions: Wear a pair of leather gloves to protect hands from bites, scratches, blisters, poison ivy, chemicals, fertilizers, bacteria and sunburn. Perform a different task every 15 minutes to avoid repetitive use of the same muscles. Such tasks include: raking, digging, planting, trimming or pruning. Use a small hand shovel to dig, to avoid cuts from buried debris. Make sure any sharp tool has a safety lock. Only use such as tool as intended. Practice proper body posture. And make sure your wrists are relaxed and straight (not bent) for maximum strength. Avoid tools with grooves on the handles that are meant to improve grip. If such tools don't fit your hand, they can lead to soreness and calluses. Read more

Related support groups: Onychomycosis - Toenail, Onychomycosis - Fingernail, Onychomycosis, Scrapes, Minor Cuts, Minor Skin Conditions, Minor Skin Irritation

FDA Medwatch Alert: Nizoral (ketoconazole) Oral Tablets: Drug Safety Communication - Prescribing for Unapproved Uses including Skin and Nail Infections Continues; Linked to Patient Death

Posted 23 May 2016 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA is warning health care professionals to avoid prescribing the antifungal medicine ketoconazole oral tablets to treat skin and nail fungal infections. Use of this medication carries the risk of serious liver damage, adrenal gland problems, and harmful interactions with other medicines that outweigh its benefit in treating these conditions, which are not approved uses of the drug. FDA approved label changes for oral ketoconazole tablets in 2013 to reflect these serious risks and to remove the indications for treatment of skin and nail fungal infections. However, an FDA safety review found that oral ketoconazole continues to be prescribed for these types of conditions. Since the 2013 labeling change, one patient death has been reported to the FDA due to liver failure associated with oral ketoconazole prescribed to treat a fungal infection of the nails.  See the full Drug Safety ... Read more

Related support groups: Ketoconazole, Tinea Corporis, Onychomycosis - Toenail, Tinea Cruris, Diaper Rash, Tinea Barbae, Tinea Versicolor, Nizoral, Cutaneous Candidiasis, Onychomycosis - Fingernail, Tinea Pedis, Onychomycosis, Tinea Capitis, Chronic Mucocutaneous Candidiasis, Dermatophytosis, See also Cutaneous Fungal Infections, Cutaneous Sporotrichosis, Chromomycosis, Eumycetoma, Cutaneous Fungal Infection

Health Tip: Protect Against an Ingrown Toenail

Posted 10 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

-- An ingrown toenail can become quite painful as a nail grows into a toe's skin. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests these prevention tips: Trim nails straight across, never on a curve. Cut them to the tip of the toes, never shorter. Use clippers to cut nails, and don't dig into the corners of the nails. Use a nail file to smooth the corners. Don't wear shoes with a narrow or pointy toe box. Don't tear or rip the edges of your toenails. Read more

Related support groups: Onychomycosis - Toenail, Foot Care

Health Tip: Recognizing Signs of Nail Fungus

Posted 18 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

-- If you frequent public showers or pools and don't always don your shoes, you may be more prone to nail fungus, a condition medically known as onychomycosis. The Mayo Clinic says common symptoms include nails that are: Unusually thick. Crumbly and brittle. Ragged. Dull with no shine. Abnormally shaped. Unusually dark. Read more

Related support groups: Fluconazole, Diflucan, Clotrimazole, Ketoconazole, Miconazole, Onychomycosis - Toenail, Nizoral, Itraconazole, Onychomycosis - Fingernail, Onychomycosis, Voriconazole, Sporanox, Oravig, Paronychia, Mycelex Troche, Cresemba, Vfend, Onmel, Noxafil, Isavuconazonium

Health Tip: Prevent Toenail Fungus

Posted 20 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Fungi are everywhere, and can easily sneak beneath your toenails and cause an unpleasant infection. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests these preventive steps: Treat feet to regular, careful washing with soap and water and a thorough drying. In public places, wear flip flops or shower shoes. Swap hosiery, socks and shoes more than once per day. Keep toenails trimmed and cut in a straight line. Disinfect nail clippers and other tools used on nails. Avoid tight hosiery, and stick to well-fitting shoes made of materials that breathe. Opt for socks made of synthetic materials that keep away moisture from skin. Don't attempt to cover up fungus discoloration with nail polish. Read more

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