Acrylics are a quick way to automatically have nails fit for a proposal, prom, or even for everyday wear! One issue with getting a set is when you are repeatedly changing and getting a new set due to the use of acids and chemicals. Acrylic nails are commonly used with plastic material and so fungus would not be able to grow from it however the infection can occur underneath the nail at the base of your natural nails. Ways your acrylic nail can get infected are
- Infected tools
- Ill-fitting nail
- Nail Polish
Since your nail is underneath the acrylics, it is difficult to realize your nails have been infected and can even make it easier for them to infect other areas or thrive from the moist, dark, and warm environment. Infection can be caused by poor care of tools by the nail technician. Application of nail polish also increases your chances of getting a fungus if it were used by someone who has an infection or due to fostering a wet environment. Lastly, lifting your natural nails or if your acrylic nails are lifted or not applied correctly, can increase your chances of getting a nail fungus because there is space for moisture or water to get into the nails and feed a fungal infection.
Treatment of fungal infection with acrylics are
- Remove acrylic if not already removed
- Clean the surface with warm water and salt
- Soak nails in vinegar for ½ hour every day
- Essential oils (Ex: jojoba oil, olive, lavender)
- Antifungal ointment
We also have a blog post with more details on treatment of fungal infections you can check out here. Remember to avoid using contacts if you constantly work with water daily. Water will weaken the glue and cause your nails to lift exposing the underneath. You can also get your nails sterilized at the salon weakly to avoid getting an infection.