by Dr. Peter Klapper Ph.D.
Wearing nail polish and nail lacquer on your toes to hide unsightly fungus is never recommended. Nail polish and nail lacquer actually worsen the problem.
Nail polish and nail lacquer applied to your toenails or fingernails prevents moisture in the nail bed from evaporating. Polish can actually encourage fungal growth to grow more. Nail fungus thrives in dark, moist-warm environments like underneath the nails.
When the nail is infected with fungus the nail will become discolored, yellow or even blackish, thick, brittle and on rare occasions it could cause a foul odor. Because nail polish is an acrylic, it seals in the moisture promoting the fungi to live and propagate beneath the nails. Nail polish and nail lacquer can cause nails to become thicker and this can become more challenging to treat the fungus because the treatment cannot be absorbed properly. Because nail polish is an acrylic, it seals in the moisture promoting the fungi to further propagate beneath the nails. It can cause the nails to become thicker and this can become a bigger challenge to treat the fungus because the treatment cannot be absorbed properly. Applying acrylic nails to fingernails containing fungus can also delay the healing process.
When toenail fungus becomes a chronic condition, it is advised to get treatment. Ignoring this condition because it is not painful or smells in some ways can be a problem especially for people with diabetes. Avoid wearing socks that traps in the moisture, a cotton sock is offers better breathability. 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 toenail fungus is 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.
Don’t let the nail fungus control your social life. Using anti-fungal nail treatments should help you with the problem but make sure that when you buy over the counter you ask the advice of pharmacists.
You can find our all-natural, safe nail fungus treatments like Nail Fungus Control Extra Strength for the most stubborn toenail fungus and Nail Fungus Control Regular Strength in grocery stores across America (Store locator here) or order online.