nail fungus from grungy garden gloves?

bagsmom(7)November 8, 2013

Here's something gross for y'all to weigh in on.... I have nail fungus on one toe and I'm sure it is from wearing my horrible, ratty garden shoes too long. They had holes in them and my feet would be almost dirtier after I wore them.

Now I am thinking I might have the beginning of a problem on my fingernails. They are peeling in layers and look just a little strange (not like the disgusting photos I've googled.)

But, like with my shoes, I tend to keep my gardening cover-up stuff too long. My gloves are kind of gross. It makes sense to me that all sorts of microbes live in the soil. Gloves get damp, hot, and dark.

Has anyone else experienced something similar? If so, I'd love to hear what you did.

Thanks!

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esh_ga

I can't comment on that but I will say that I always get gloves that can be washed in the washing machine (mostly because of poison ivy exposure). I throw them in when I am washing jeans or similar non-delicates and then let them air dry.

Best of luck.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2013 at 8:01AM
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rosiew

Oh man, bagsmom. First it's critters in your attic, now fungi on your nails. I recommend seeing a dermatologist, asking the office if this is something the doc is expert in.

Let us know how you're doing. Me, I'm still trying to trap rats in my kitchen.........disgusting creatures, thought they were all dead and one gnawed a bunch from a fab apple in a bowl on the counter. IT'S WAR HERE IN SUGAR HILL.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 5:22PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

I have used tea tree oil with great success on my big toe that had fungus several years ago. I saw it at CVS in the vitamin aisle. It is in about a 4 oz. bottle, but it lasts a long time. It is good on scrapes,etc. Very earthy smelling, but it works. I apply it with a Q- tip.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 5:39PM
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bagsmom(7)

I have some tea tree oil! That's a good tip! I like the smell of it...

Rosie -- keep us posted on the Rat War! We still have seen no more mice signs. I seriously wonder if it was just the one, having a good ol' time up there...

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 8:19AM
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rosiew

bagsmom, I really want you to have the fungi thingie checked out by a doc. An Edict from Rosie.

Super tired of the Rat War. Have two packages in the fridge, clearly labeled: Rat Apple and Rat Butter. Lord save me from my daughter in law coming over!

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 8:35AM
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zzackey(8b GA)

Yes, you should go to the doctor. A friend of mine got pricked by a rose thorn and got a fungus on her hand. They had to operate on her hand.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 9:55AM
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bagsmom(7)

Thanks, guys. It really appears to just be peeling nails. No gross color or thickening or anything. It's probably age. But in case it is fungal, I will check with the dermatologist. I think these things are easier to take care of the earlier they are caught.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 3:56PM
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rosiew

Nails aren't supposed to peel, gal. And a lot of us can learn from what you report the doctor says. I'm having a routine physical this week and this has spurred me to ask the doc if I should see a dermatologist for some issues I have.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 5:41AM
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bagsmom(7)

I read it is often one of the first signs of perimenopause -- along with dry hair.... I'm right in that zone. Poo.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 5:54AM
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organic_gardenhag(7)

Zackey, the same thing happened to my neighbor, she had a fungal infection from cutting the roses, and didnt know what it was for a awhile. she was really sick.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 10:30PM
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organic_gardenhag(7)

Zackey, the same thing happened to my neighbor, she had a fungal infection from cutting the roses, and didnt know what it was for a awhile. she was really sick.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 10:32PM
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