What Is Antifungal Nail Polish?

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Antifungal nail polish is an enamel paint designed to be applied to the finger and toe nails that actively fights the growth of bacteria. It is available in different shades and types of layering coats to provide users with the same results and finish as a professional manicure. This product is not guaranteed to eliminate all forms of fungal nail infections, and those with these nail symptoms can benefit from consulting first with a health care professional.

Nail fungus is any type of fungus, mold, or yeast that grows in and around the nail beds of the hands and feet. These microorganisms do not need sunlight to survive, and instead thrive in warm, dark, and moist environments. More individuals experience the growth of nail fungus in the beds of the toes than of the hands. Fungal spores can enter the skin through tiny cuts that are not visible to the eye and begin to reproduce. The long term affects of this type of infection can cause damage to the nails, making them brittle and yellowed in appearance.

In addition to seeking medical treatment for this type of condition, sufferers can also apply antifungal nail polish to the affected areas. This type of product typically contains ingredients that prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria in and around the nail beds. Tea tree oil and the extract of garlic bulbs are common natural remedies to these ailments.


Antifungal nail polish is available in a wide variety of shades and application layers. Depending on the manufacturer, consumers may be able to purchase a base coat, color coat, and top sealant which all contain antifungal properties. These products are typically designed to be used in conjunction with one another. The base coat actively strengthens weak and brittle nails, while the color coat gives yellowed nails a vibrant and radiant covering. The top coat seals in the bottom two layers and is designed to prevent chipping and resist staining.

The application of antifungal nail polish does not always eliminate the infection itself. This product is designed to be applied to the top surface of the nail, and for this reason, it may not come in direct contact with the source of the fungal infection inside the nail bed. Some minor forms of fungal growth that are close to the surface of the nail may be killed while using these polishes, but severe cases of nail fungus may require treatment with oral antibiotics or nail removal by a trained podiatrist.


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Whenever I get a toenail fungus, I always use an antifungal nail polish. I think it hides the unattractive side effects of the fungus, like splitting and cracked nails.

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I have found that the best treatment for nail fungus is using an over-the-counter medication along with an antifungal nail polish. This way, you will have a double dose of fungal fighting medication while making your nails look their best.

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