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Could Your Expensive Gel Manicure Be Putting You At Risk For Nail Fungus

Nancy Peters
October 16, 2022

Gel and acrylic nails have significantly increased in popularity over the last few decades. While professional manicures were once only available to the wealthy and famous, there are now nail salons on nearly every street corner, providing services to nearly everyone.

Having your nails professionally done is a great way to pamper yourself while also boosting your confidence. However, there is a darker side. Getting a manicure or pedicure is not without risk, and gel and acrylic nails can put you at risk for nail fungus.

In this blog post, we will learn about how expensive gel manicures are putting you at risk for nail fungus. 

Expensive Gel Manicure and the Causes of Nail Fungus

Gel manicures has become quite popular among women of every age. Gel manicures are long-lasting, do not chip, and remain glossy. However, getting gel nails often leads to nail damage and even secondary fungal infection. And if you don’t treat the damage and the infection, things may get much worse. 

The sad reality is that with gel nails, the buffing, the chemical polymers, and the UV (ultraviolet) light used to “set” the nails often leave the nails weak. Nails become thin, fragile and prone to splintering, separation from the nail bed (called onycholysis). This damage and weakness leaves them susceptible to infection with fungus and bacteria. 

Moreover, whether you get acrylic or gel nails, special precautions must be taken during the removal process to avoid serious damage to the natural nail. Simply peeling or prying the false nails off will most likely result in the removal of layers of the underlying fingernail. Of course, this will make your nails weak and brittle and more susceptible to a fungal infection

Careful choosing a nail salon and manicure style can reduce the risk of nail fungus. When a manicure is done by a professional  and salon that adheres to proper sanitation protocol, problems are less likely to happen.

Getting Treatment for Nail Damage Caused by Gel Manicures

Don’t delay evaluation and treatment. Why? Nails are notorious for their slow growth: fingernails grow 1-2 millimetres per month; toenails grow 0.5 - 1 millimeters per month. If you don’t treat the damage and the infection, things may get much worse and take that much longer to heal.

Not all damage requires medication: one of the simplest ways to repair damaged nails is to apply cuticle oil followed by a hand cream. Cuticle oils provide vitamins and nourishment, while the cream seals in moisture. However, if you suspect infection, have a doctor to evaluate your nails for fungal or bacterial infection at Caratin Rx. If needed, you’ll get high quality prescription nail treatment.

Caratin Rx has combined three potent antifungal medications into a single supercharged formula. The topical prescription formula is also intended to specifically penetrate the nail's solid exterior to reach the fungus beneath. Learn more about the stages of nail fungus and Caratin Rx's novel treatments for nail fungus and nail health.

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