How to Treat a Candida Albicans Nail Infection
Candida albicans is generally referred to as a yeast infection and many people don’t realize that it can cause fungal infections in nails because it actually is a fungus, despite the fact that it can grow as a yeast as well. Candida infections are mostly associated with the genitalia, mouth and skin, though it is not unusual for this fungus to infect the nails as well. And it is more dangerous than any other type of fungal infection because it can affect the throat, intestines and the heart if left untreated.
A Closer Look at Candida Albicans
Candida albicans is a type of fungus known as a diploid fungus, which means it has two copies of each chromosome. This is unusual for fungi, as most are haploid, meaning they only have a single copy of each chromosome.
The problem with candida albicans – sometimes called monilia – is that it is generally present on our skin and in mucous membranes, such as the mouth, at all times and it only becomes an infection when there is some change in the human body that gives it free reign to multiply and spread. In other words, you can develop a nail fungal infection caused by candida albicans at any time because this microorganism is always present.
A candida infection can be the result of numerous causes but they all generally have to do with an imbalance being created in the body. For example, people with immunodeficiency disorders and any conditions that cause immunosuppression are more at risk of developing a candida infection because the body is no longer producing sufficient antibodies to keep this particular fungus in check. Taking certain antibiotics that destroy both harmful and beneficial bacteria has also been associated with the development of candida infections.
Candida and Your Nails
Candidal infections can show up in the nails as onychomycosis or near the nail as paronychia. Onychomycosis simply means a fungal infection of the nail, while paronychia refers to an infection of the skin surrounding the nail. The problem is that if you have paronychia caused by candida, there’s a good chance the infection will spread to the nail as well.
In a candida paronychia infection, the nail fold becomes red and inflamed and lifts off the nail plate. Subsequently, different color marks can appear on the nail and spread. Thus, if you notice any white, green, black, or yellow marks on your nail, there’s a good chance the candida has infected the nail plate as well.
A fungus infection in the nail caused by candida albicans is generally treated the same way as any other type of fungal infection. This can mean the use of topical treatments or antifungal drugs. However, it’s also important to treat the surrounding skin to ensure the candida infection is truly cured, or it can return with a vengeance.
It’s even more critical to treat a fungal infection caused by candida because if you have any issues with your immune system, the candida can spread to the bloodstream and infect your vital organs, causing massive health problems.