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Nail Infection in Children (Kunakha)

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Nail Infection in Children

Nail infection is a common disease caused by fungal attack. The condition is also called as onychomycosis. It is manifested as a white or yellow coloured spot under the nail tip. It may make the nail discoloured, thickened and crumbled at the tip. It can affect several nails. In Ayurveda, similar condition is explained as Kunakha. Dr. Gupta’s IAFA provides the best available Ayurvedic treatment for nail infection, especially in children. IAFA is concerned about child health care through Ayurveda. IAFA has opened Ayurpediatric department focusing the enrichment child health and immunity.

Causes of Nail Infections

Nail infections are commonly caused by different types of fungi. The most common type of fungus causing nail infections is Dermatophyte. Also yeast and moulds can be reasons for nail infections. As the nail gets aged, it becomes brittle and dry, resulting in cracks. This allows fungi to enter into the nails.


Other factors favourable for nail infection are:

  • Reduced blood circulation to the feet
  • Weak immune system
  • Heavy sweating
  • Walking barefoot in wet areas, such as swimming pools, shower rooms etc.
  • Having a minor skin or nail injury 
  • Having diseases like diabetes, circulation problems, psoriasis etc.
  •  Spread from athlete’s foot (foot fungus)

Ayurvedic reference of Nail Infection in Children-Kunakha

Symptoms of Nail Infections

Major manifestations of nail infections are:

  • Thickened nail
  • White to yellowish-brown discoloration of nail
  • Brittle or ragged nail
  • Altered shape of nail
  • Dark colour under nail
  • Slightly foul smell

Nail fungus is more common in toenails though it can affect finger nails also. In severe cases it can be painful and can lead to permanent damage to nails. 

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-Allergist, Dr. Sahil Gupta

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Master’s in Health Administration

Diet in Nail infection in children

Do’s (Pathya) in Nail infection in children

  • Have warm and fresh food always
  • Drink warm water
  • Take easily digestible food
  • Drink adequate water
  • Use sweat-absorbing socks with shoes
  • Wash your hands and feet 
  •  Wash hands with soap after touching an infected nail
  • Use footwear in pool areas 
  • Mild to moderate exercise
  • Use of separate personal items
  • Maintain personal, social and environmental hygiene
  • Change clothes, bed sheets etc. at regular intervals
  • Expose to mild sunlight daily at morning and evening

Dont’s (Apathya) in Nail infection in children

  • Old and refrigerated food
  • Excessive sweet, salty, spicy and sour food
  • Fermented food
  • Heavy to digest food
  • Non-vegetarian diet
  • Reheated food
  • Taking food before digesting previous meal
  • Reject old shoes 
  • Avoid low quality nail polish
  • Day sleep
  • Lack of exercise
  • Lack of enough sleep

Yoga and Pranayama in Nail infection in children

Various yoga postures help to make mind and body relaxed. 


Following postures will be especially beneficial in fungal infections:

  • Vajrasana
  • Paschimothasana
  • Suryanamaskar
  • Supta Baddha Konasana
  • Marichyasana
  • Padmasana

Pranayama helps to attain relaxation to mind. It promotes healing of ulcers and wounds and to prevent infections. 

Ayurvedic Treatment for Nail infection in children

Ayurveda incorporates internal as well as external medicines in the management of Nail infection in children. 

Internal Medicines for Nail infection in children

  • Patoladi Kwatha
  • Patolamooladi Kwatha
  • Panchatiktakam Kwatha
  • Nimbadi Kwatha
  • Kaisora guggulu Tablet
  • Vilwadi Tablet

  • Manibhadra Gula
  • Avipathi Churna
  • Triphala Churna
  • Khadirarishta
  • Patolasava

External Medicines for Nail infection in children

  • Nimbadi Churna
  • Triphala Churna
  • Nalpamaradi Churna
  • Tuthadi Tablet

  • Rasothamadi Lepa
  • Dhanyamla
  • Dineshavalyadi Kera
  • Vitpala Kera

External Therapies for Nail infection in children

  • Swedana (Sweating therapy)
  • Pada avagaha (Foot bath)

  • Lepa (Medicinal paste)
  • Kshalana (Washing)

Purification Therapies in Nail infection in children

  • Virechana (Purgation)
  • Vamana (Emesis)
  • Raktamoksha (Blood-letting)

Single Herbs in in the management of Nail infection in children

  • Kushta (Saussurea lappa)
  • Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica)
  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis
  • Nimba (Azadirachta indica)

  • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
  • Satavari (Asparagus racemosus)
  • Haridra (Curcuma longa)

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How is nail infection caused?

Answer: Nail infection is caused mainly by fungal attack. It can also be initiated by other diseases that weakens immune system, trauma etc.

Question: What are the signs of Nail infection?

Answer: A nail infected by fungus will be manifested as dry, discoloured, brittle and cracked.

Question: Is Ayurvedic treatment effective in Nail infection?

Answer: Yes. Ayurveda provides effective treatment through internal and external medicines to get complete cure from nail infection.

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