Appearance is all to the modern-day girl and nails come under close scrutiny – take Madonna, for instance, at her perfume launch and how the camera cruelly zoomed in on her nails, much to her chagrin and everyone’s shock/disgust, when the pictures evidenced a possible fungal growth on her toe nails.
A short nail course would have resolved the problem toe and the fungal infection would not have threatened the matrix. As it is, almost 30% of women suffer some infection of the toe nails – be it fungal, viral or bacterial. Most infections can be avoided by ensuring the feet are kept clean and aerated, but occasionally there is little that can be done as a preventative measure. Stubbing the toes is a classic route to attracting pathogens into the toe nail and accidents happen when we are at our most careful and vigilant best.
A quick disguise of infected nails is to paint over with a strong colour. Reds, plums, blacks and browns are this year’s hot colours, which adequately cover blemishes and compliment any outfit. For a more long-wearing splash of colour, coloured UV gel can be applied to obscure blemishes. With any overlay application, however, the defective nail has to be treated first, or further complications will develop as the pathogen-infected nail is left untreated and vulnerable to developing into something altogether more serious. So, a quick trip to the GP to treat the infection and then off to the salon to pamper those now healthy toes – give them a reward, the star treatment, red carpet nails this summer!