The Theory of Nails

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  1. The first image also looks a lot like some of the onycholysis images (the first one, in particular). Are you able to point out the visible differences, please, as I am concerned that I will not be able to distinguish between the two in the final assessment. I know onychomycosis causes nail discolouration, but from what I can see, so does onycholysis to a certain extent? I know we will never have to (or be able to) provide a medical diagnosis in real life, but I’d love to feel confident about what I am looking at. Thanks so much! Loving the course so far 🙂
    Kirsty

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      Hi Kirsty! Great question! The first image does have Onycholysis as well – Onychomycosis can be a cause of Onycholysis. Onycholysis is very easily identifiable as the nail plate separating from the nail bed in real life, and not just a colour change. You won’t be asked to diagnose one or the other in the assessment, just to understand the characteristics that apply to each one. In this case the discolouration characteristic of Onychomycosis and the separation characteristic of Onycholysis look similar in photos but wouldn’t in real life (unless, like in the picture mntioned, both were present). Hope that helps!

  2. Why can’t I treat nails if my client has Onychomycosis?

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      It’s a fungal infection and extremely contagious. You can catch it and then pass it onto your other clients through your tools and hands. It breaks down the nail and makes it crumbly.

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