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Can I Paint My Toenails While Treating Fungus?

Written by Tara

Yes, Kerasal® Fungal Nail Renewal™ can be used on both fingernails and toenails. Can I use nail polish while using Kerasal® Fungal Nail Renewal™? Yes, simply remove nail polish before applying Kerasal and then reapply nail polish once Kerasal has dried.

Some products used to treat fungal infections on fingernails or toenails are not recommended for use with nail polish, such as Penlac (ciclopirox) Nail Lacquer, which is painted onto the affected nail and surrounding area. Other topical products, however, may be suitable to use.

Generally Can I wear nail polish if I have toenail fungus? If you are using a topical antifungal, you probably should not use polish. Some providers may tell you not to wear it in any case. Polish traps in moisture from the nailbed (tissue below the toenail). Because fungi thrive in moist environments, wearing nail polish may make a fungal infection worse.

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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Does nail polish make toenail fungus worse?

The bigger concern is that simply wearing nail polish in the first place can make your toenails more susceptible to fungal infection. Even a clear coat of polish can make nails more brittle, crumbly, and less breathable, especially if you keep your toenails painted for more than a week at a time.

Does Kerasal help thick toenails?

Kerasal® can help improve the appearance of the nail damaged by nail fungus by reducing discoloration, helping normalize thickness and hydrating brittle nails.

Does Kerasal really work?

No, Kerasal® does not treat or cure fungal infections or psoriasis. Kerasal can help improve the appearance of these types of nail damage, by reducing discoloration, helping normalize nail thickness, smoothing the surface, and hydrating brittle nails.

Should I cut toenail fungus off?

Studies show that taking antifungal pills and applying medicine to your nails can be more effective than using either treatment alone. Nail removal: If you have a severe infection or other treatments just don’t work, your dermatologist may recommend removing the nail(s) to get rid of the infection.

What kills toenail fungus fast?

Medications

  • Oral antifungal drugs. These drugs are often the first choice because they clear the infection more quickly than do topical drugs.
  • Medicated nail polish. Your doctor may prescribe an antifungal nail polish called ciclopirox (Penlac).
  • Medicated nail cream.

How do you get rid of thick toenails?

Applying a small amount of melted coconut oil can help heal thick yellow toenails. You can purchase over-the-counter (OTC) antifungal nail creams and ointments. Be sure to clip and clean your nails before use to make sure the creams reach deeper layers. Laser therapy can be used to treat a fungal toenail infection.

What is the white hard stuff under my toenails?

In medical terms this is called onychomycosis or tinea unguium, says Batra. The fungal infection breaks down the keratin in the nail to form a white or yellow chalky substance under the nail plate. As keratin debris spreads under the nail, the nail plate typically becomes lifted up off of the nail bed.

How do you know when toenail fungus is gone?

Nail fungus can be resistant to treatment and nails take a long time to grow out, so it can take several weeks or months for an infection to be fully resolved. You will know that the treatment is working and the infection is clearing up when you see growth of a new, healthy nail from the base of the nail bed.

Can you get a pedicure if you have fungus?

If you get a nail fungal infection, you may still be able to wear nail polish, but you should not wear artificial nails because it will be hard for your doctor to monitor your improvement.

Can leaving nail polish on too long cause fungus?

The danger with keeping your nail polish on too long is that the pigment in the nail polish can soak into the top few layers of the nail and dry it out, Dr. Rowland says. When that happens, fungus, yeast, bacteria, mold and mildew can develop underneath the nail plate, which can lead to long-term problems.

Can you use too much Kerasal?

Overdose can occur with long-term use or high doses if Kerasal is absorbed through the skin. Symptoms of a salicylic acid overdose may include severe dizziness or weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, confusion, ringing in your ears, or hearing loss.

What are the side effects of Kerasal?

Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat. Very upset stomach or throwing up.

How long should you use Kerasal?

Use product for a minimum of 8 weeks. Depending on the severity of the condition, 3 to 6 months of application may be needed to achieve full effect.

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