green nail syndrome
A nail infection may not be a happy thing for anyone, but fortunately, pseudomonas bacteria is one of the diseases that can be easily eliminated. Today we will learn what green nail syndrome is and how to prevent it.
In the medical world , green nail syndrome is known as pseudomonas (pseudomonas). This is an unsightly bacterial infection that can literally turn your nails green.
Pseudomonas bacteria can develop between the natural nail plate and the nail bed, or between the artificial nail plate and the natural nail plate. For many years, the term "mold" has been used in the nail industry to describe this kind of bacteria. But this is not entirely correct, because mold is not a human pathogen. And the green color visible on the nail is provoked mainly by iron compounds.
While this type of bacteria is usually associated with the nails, it can spread to other parts of the body, even the eyes!
The risk of infection with Pseudomonas may increase due to being in a humid environment. In order for a nail infection to occur, the surface of the nail plate must be contaminated with bacteria. And as soon as an additional coating appears on the nails, such as acrylic or gel polish, bacteria will get trapped between the natural and artificial nails and begin to grow. Nail extensions create an almost anoxic environment in which these bacteria thrive.
Green nail syndrome can form if bacteria are not completely removed from the nail plate prior to coating. It is worth noting that Pseudomonas usually affects the nail that is already damaged, such as onycholysis or paronychia.
It is important that both the manicurist and the client wash their hands before each procedure. After all, the vast majority of infections that occur on the nails without signs of peeling are caused by the master’s insufficient attention to the issue of hand treatment. For example, if during a manicure the client touches his nails to his face (supports his head with his free hand), and the nail plates are not cleaned again, the chances of developing green nail syndrome increase significantly.
Also, sometimes you have to face the truth and assume that it was your recent acrylic extension that was the catalyst for your nails to turn green. In this case, of course, you should get rid of the artificial coating, and refrain from manicure services for a while.
Unfortunately, not all masters are familiar with green nail syndrome, as this is not a widespread problem. Some take it for an ordinary fungus, and one of my colleagues even thought that the client had recently hurt her finger, and this is how the subungual hematoma comes off.
Despite the fact that there are no specific prohibitions on performing a manicure procedure if you suffer from Pseudomonas, however, it is worth remembering that bacteria are bacteria, and they can spread quite quickly. If you have green nails but an important event and a manicure is vital, then as a precaution, bring your own tools. If only one nail is affected by Pseudomonas, do not use the same file for all nails. Treat the affected nail last, and then throw out the file if possible. This will help prevent the infection from spreading to other nails.
To cure a green nail, remove the acrylic or gel polish, lightly sand the stain to expose the cells of the nail plate, and remove all moisture and some surface oils with a degreaser. If the green spot on the nail is very intense, you can leave the product on for a while to “harden” the nail plate before applying any other product. Remember to keep your nails clean and dry, and wear gloves while washing dishes or using household cleaners.
Also one of the effective ways to treat pseudomonads is to soak the nails in vinegar, several times a day.
It will take several months before the green spot grows together with the nail. But if the green spreads to other nails, or does not begin to grow even after three to four weeks, you should seek medical help.
I hope my information was useful to you, and if you come across pseudomonads, you will no longer confuse them with mold or fungus. Despite the rather unpleasant appearance, green nail syndrome is not a serious problem, and it is quite simple to get rid of it. Be healthy and beautiful! :)