Keratin Granulations or Nail Fungus?
Do you have keratin granulations or nail fungus? Usually if polish is removed, 95% chance that this is something called a keratin granulation.
What Are Keratin Granulations?
Keratin Granulations are white smudge marks on your nails that usually occur after you take off your nail polish, but are luckily very treatable!
- Nail polish polish contains compounds like acetone.
- These compounds can dehydrate the nails underneath them leading to a protein called “keratin” to dehydrate.
- These keratin molecules can clump together creating white smudges.
- These are white fragments that are like curled up cottage cheese on top of your toenails and fingernails.
- This can sound really gross but don’t worry, this is usually something that you don’t really have to worry about.
- Simply moisturizing your toenails will result in an excellent recovery of keratin granulations.
- Toenail and fingernail fungus usually appears more green or yellow in almost all cases.
- There is a type of nail fungus called white superficial onychomycosis, but this is really much less likely to be your problem.
Are Keratin Granulations Dangerous?
- This condition is not very dangerous, it is basically just a fancy way of saying that you have dry nails.
- The only downsides to not doing anything about it is that your nails are more brittle and more likely to chip in the future.
- Think of this as being a completely cosmetic problem only.
Symptoms Of Keratin Granulations:
Keratin granulations can manifest themselves in the following ways:
- White nails.
- Dry and brittle nails.
- Nail polish was just recently removed.
- No pain or irritation.
- Nails were previously healthy.
Keratin Granulation Treatment Guide.
Why Favor Keratin Granulations Over Nail Fungus?
It is very difficult to know for sure without testing. But I recommend to initially assume the diagnosis of having keratin granulations:
- If your toenail is white, it is overwhelmingly keratin granulations.
- It still could be toenail fungus, but it likely is not.
- Try to treat the keratin granulations for 2 weeks, if treatment resolves your white toenails then it was keratin granulations.
- If it does not resolve after 2 weeks, then it is likely toenail fungus.
Can it be Fungus?
Rule #1: If your toenails are thick and yellow. It is toenail fungus!
Rule #2: If you have white on top of your toenail, it can be toenail fungus – but it probably is not!
The differential diagnosis of keratin granulations is a fungus called white superficial onychomycosis which should be treated by a podiatrist.
- Luckily superficial white onychomycosis is the most easily treated fungus.
- It can be treated very easily which topical anti-fungal medication.
- It is extremely difficult to tell whether you have keratin granulations for sure rather than nail fungus.
- Yet studies show it is rarely superficial white onychomycosis in these cases(using nail polish).
Since superficial white onychomycosis is not extremely urgent- try to cure your keratin granulations for a week and if they start to get better than you know it was not fungus.
Keratin Granulations Treatment:
- Keratin Granulations are very easily taken care of through moisturizing your nails with cuticle wax, oils and simply avoiding nail polish for a little while.
- It is not necessary to buy anything expensive or online; it is fine simply using a product like Vaseline or any other petroleum oil in most circumstances.
- So get yourself some petroleum jelly at your corner store and just apply it to your nails at night when you won’t be using your hands. In 2 weeks you should be in great shape!
- Make sure it’s not toenail or fingernail fungus and that it really is dehydration of your toenail or fingernail.
- Once you know its just dehydration and damage, then you should have no problem moisturizing the site.
- If it does seem green or yellow with very thick toenails, this makes it much more likely to be toenail fungus.