Does nail polish cause toenail fungus?

Q: Does nail polish cause toenail fungus?
A: Nail polish in and of itself does not cause toenail fungus. That's not to say that it doesn't contribute to the situation. Fungus is an opportunist that infects the toenails when they are damaged. Nail polish can cause damage to the toenails.

Most nail polishes contain damaging chemicals, such as formaldehyde and toluene. Nail polish remover contains acetone. All of these damage the toenails and cause the white streaking that many women experience when removing their polish. This damage weakens the toenails and make them more susceptible to developing a fungus infection.

There are alternatives to harmful nail polish. As a podiatrist, I realize that it is impractical to tell women to not wear nail polish. We carry Dr.'s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish which does not contain the harmful chemicals that regular nail polish tends to have; instead it is formulated with vitamins and an all natural antifungal agent to nourish the nails. Everyone who has purchased our product is satisfied with the healthier appearance of their nails. You can visit our Concord or Harrisburg offices to pick up your favorite color or call our offices for more detail at 704-786-4482.