Can I wear nail polish with toenail fungus?
By Peter K
Wearing nail polish with toenail fungus is not encouraged because it can worsen the problem.Toenail polish prevents moisture in the nail bed from evaporating. When the nail is infected by fungus the nail becomes yellowish or blackish thus making it ugly looking. Somebody might want to wear nail polish with toenail fungus just to conceal the discolored nail due to the fungus which can encourage fungal growth to grow more.
Nail polish is acrylic, and it seals in the moisture promoting the fungi to live and propagate beneath the nails. Microorganisms like to live in dark, moist-warm environments and that is underneath the nails. Nail polish can make nails thicker and when nails thicken it becomes more challenging to treat the fungus because the treatment will not be absorbed properly.
When toenail fungus becomes a chronic condition, it is advised to get treatment. Ignoring this condition because it is not painful in some ways can be a problem especially for people with diabetes. If you have nail fungus the best thing to do is to get treatment and do a regular cleaning on your toes. Avoid wearing socks that traps in the moisture, a cotton sock is better. If your feet are always moist use foot powder and see podiatrist for better advice. It is good to file the nails flat and do not share your manicure and pedicure tools with other people. The microorganisms are easily transmitted from one person to another indirectly by sharing footwear. Moisture found in shoes and socks is a great breeding ground for the nail fungus or onychomycosis. If left untreated it could spread to other nails until all your nails are damaged or making it more difficult to treat.
Do not let the nail fungus control your social life. See your podiatrist right away for proper medication. Using antifungal nail treatments should help you with your nail problem but make sure that when you buy over the counter you ask the advice of pharmacists. Find our natural nail fungus treatments below.
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