Nail Candidiasis – Causes, Symptoms, and Ayurvedic Treatment

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Candida is a naturally occurring fungus that everyone has on their body. Under certain conditions, some types of Candida grow too fast and cause an infection to develop. This infection is known as Candidiasis which specifically affects the skin and nails. The most common species is Candida albicans which can cause infection in the nails, skin, and mucous membranes throughout the body.

It thrives in a warm and humid environment and a weak immune system or other conditions allow the infection to develop.

According to Ayurveda, nails are the byproduct of asthi dhatu (bones). If the bones are healthy, nails are healthy too. Asthi dhatu is primarily made from medo-dhatu (adipose tissue) and later asthi dhatu form majja – dhatu (nervous tissue).

Causes of Nail Candidiasis

Fungal infection is caused due to internal as well as external factors. Internal factors include such as chronic intestinal issues along with indigestion, diabetes, etc. The external factors include lack of hygiene, use of chemicals, injury, etc.

Symptoms of Nail Candidiasis

Symptoms include:-

  • Inflammation or swelling of the bronchial tube
  • Coughing 
  • Production of clear, white, yellow, grey, or green mucus (sputum) 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Wheezing 
  • Fatigue 
  • Fever and chills 
  • Chest pain or discomfort 
  • Blocked or runny nose

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Diet Management in Nail Candidiasis

Pathya (Do’s)

  • Intake of fresh and warm food is recommended
  • Drink adequate water
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Maintain personal, social, and environmental hygiene
  • Change clothes daily
  • Exposure to mild sunlight daily in the morning and evening is recommended.

Apathya (Don’ts)

  • Intake of Pitta and Vata dosha aggravating foods such as fried, spicy, and non-vegetarian food should be avoided.
  • Consumption of tea, coffee, and alcohol should be avoided. 
  • Avoid applying nail paints and chemical-based skincare products.
  • Avoiding sleeping during day time 
  • Lack of enough sleep

Yoga Therapy in Nail Candidiasis

Various Yoga postures such as:-

  • Suryanamaskar 
  • Padmasana
  • Vajrasana 
  • Paschimottanasana is quite effective

Pranayam such as:-

  • Anulom Vilom
  • Kapalbhati
  • Chandrabhedi is effective

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Can nail candidiasis spread to other parts of the body?

Answer: If the infection is not treated and proper hygiene is not maintained, then it can spread to other body parts directly or indirectly.

Question: Can a person with nail candidiasis use skin cosmetics like nail paints or skin moisturizers?

Answer: A person with nail candidiasis should avoid applying nail paint or chemical-based skin moisturizers. To keep the skin hydrated, use chemical-free moisturizers.

Question: How does Ayurveda treat nail candidiasis?

Answer: In Ayurveda, the causative factors are ruled out first. After finding out the exact root cause, internal and external treatments are prescribed which are quite useful in treating as well as preventing the recurrence. Ayurveda provides the anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and immune-modulatory treatment.

Question: Is the Ayurvedic treatment of nail candidiasis slow?

Answer: Definitely not. The first line of Ayurvedic treatment is to find out the main root cause. If it is clear, then according to the root cause, treatment is provided which is fast.

Question: Why is Ayurvedic treatment slow?

Answer: It is a myth about Ayurvedic treatment that Ayurvedic medicines act very slowly but actually it is not. It is totally dependent on the condition of the patient as well as how the patient follows the Ayurvedic physician’s advice.


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Dr. Sahil Gupta completed his Bachelor of Ayurveda in Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) and Master’s Degree in Health Administration (MHA) India. He is Registered Ayurvedic Doctor & Vaidya in India having Registration No. 23780. He is the CEO and founder of IAFA. After completing BAMS, Dr. Sahil Gupta started practicing Ayruveda by giving prime importance to allergic disorders management. He became the first Ayurvedic doctor to cure Food Allergies through Ayurveda. Read More About Dr. Sahil Gupta.

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