The nail is an extension of the skin and can provide clues to systemic health and wellness. Microorganisms, nutrition, and individual nail composition can contribute to the health and appearance of nails. There are several medications for treating common nail disorders such as onychomycosis, but their mixed efficacy and patient burden can spur a desire for alternative treatments. This article highlights a few common nail disorders and the evidence for treating them outside of the pharmaceutical realm. Is biotin all that it is cracked up to be, and should you try tea tree oil for nail fungus?
Tess Engel is a second-year medical student at UC Davis interested in dermatology and integrative approaches to patient care. She is in the Rural PRIME track program and hopes to help expand healthcare access in rural communities. She got her undergraduate degree in nutrition with a minor in biological sciences at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, being outdoors, painting, pilates, and travel.
Dr. Ashley Dumont, ND is a Naturopathic Doctor and a graduate from the National University of Natural Medicine.
With a deep-rooted passion for dermatology, she believes in taking an evidence-based, holistic and individualized approach to skin health by addressing the foundational aspects of health as well as incorporating botanical medicine, nutraceuticals, mind-body medicine, and IV therapy. Dr. Dumont understands and values the importance of physical, spiritual, and emotional health and its direct connection to achieving healthy skin and overall wellness. Her goal is to empower her patients to take an active role in their personal and unique path to healing.