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Treating Nail Infections Quiz
by Staff
Daily activites can put you at risk for nail infections like athlete's food. Take our quiz to learn how to prevent nail infections before they start.

True or false: Nails can't get sick; it's the skin around the nail that gets infected.

  • True
  • False

Which of the following is not a sign of a nail infection?

  • redness
  • swelling
  • irritation
  • pain and tender to the touch
  • all of the above

Which pair are bacterial nail infections?

  • cryptococcosis and candida albicans
  • paronychia and pseudomonas
  • tinea unguium and dermatophytic onychomycosis
  • candidiasis and aspergillosis

How long does it take for a new nail to grow after a nail has been removed or fallen off?

  • about one month
  • about three months
  • about one year

What type of fungal infection starts as a discolored dot on your big toe but can cause nails to thicken and flake as the infection progresses?

  • blastomycosis
  • sporotrichosis
  • mucormycosis
  • onychomycosis

Pseudomonas is also commonly known by which colorful expression?

  • red nails
  • green nails
  • blue nails

Yes or no: Vicks VapoRub helps heal infected nails.

  • yes
  • no
  • maybe

What effects, if any, does chemotherapy have on nails?

  • nail loss
  • nail breakage
  • dry, thin nails
  • dry, damaged cuticles
  • all of the above
  • no effect

Which of the following treatments is used against fungal nail infections?

  • prescription oral antifungal medications
  • nail removal
  • antifungal nail polish
  • debridement
  • all of the above
  • just the antifungal nail polish and the oral antifungal medication

Which of the following treatments is not used to treat bacterial nail infections?

  • an oral or topical antibiotic
  • soaking infected hands or feet in warm water three to four times a day