Perhaps not so lovely to look at, and a bit concerning if you are unfamiliar with what is also known as the “greenies” ~ it is nothing to be alarmed about and can be easily treated. Albeit rare, the “greenies” can pop up on occasion and are seen more typically with nail enhancements such as acrylic or hard gel (non-soak off type) and in humid weather.
Although this green discoloration may have the appearance of a mold, this is NOT a mold. Mold is not a human pathogen. This green stain on the nail plate is actually “Pseudomonas bacterial infection”
Pseudomonas (sue-dough-no-mus) bacterial spores can become trapped between the nail plate and the acrylic or gel overlay.
Pseudomonas can also invade the nail plate if lifting is present and the client has been ‘digging in the dirt’ since the Pseudomonas thrive in the moist soil. Although often confused….this is NOT a fungus.
This picture shows a combination of nail fungus (separation and/or thickening of the nail plate) and green nail stain (Pseudomonas)
True fungus is actually very rare *less than 2%* on fingernails. Fungus spores invade the space between the nail plate and the nail bed through a tear, cut or break in the seal surrounding the nail unit.
Fungus ‘feeds’ off the proteins in the nail plate and is evidenced by a white to yellowish discoloration, nail plate lifting, and evident debris between the nail plate and the nail bed. If you have any concerns please contact a licensed dermatologist.
Proper and sterile cleansing will remove all moisture and some of the surface oils that lead to the “Greenies” and eliminate the spores from breeding.
Once the enhancement is removed, exposed to air and cleansed properly, the bacteria can no longer thrive and nail enhancements and polish can be safely reapplied and you can enjoy your beautiful nails without worry.
Keep in mind that even after the “Greenies” have been properly cared for, the nail can remain stained until it grows out. The key to maintaining healthy nails is proper care, maintenance and cleanliness.
Sanitation is of the utmost importance at The Nail Lady Salon and weekly or bi-weekly Professional nail care services will assist in maintaining the health and beauty of your nails.