Can Toenail Fungus Spread Through Nail Polish?

Nail technicians and salon owners are always concerned about toenail fungus spreading among their clients. Toenail fungus not just changes the way your nails look and feel, it also forces you to change some areas of your lifestyle. For one, getting a pedicure is forbidden, considering that toenail fungal infection is a highly contagious condition. However, knowing what we know about many people’s tendency to bend the rules just to look good, it is no surprise that there are still individuals who insist on getting a pedicure even after toenail fungi has already taken up residence in their toes. Whether intentionally or unknowingly, this decision is often blamed as one of the reasons that toenail fungi can spread to other toenails and other people’s toenails. So what exactly causes fungi to spread and is nail polish a culprit?

Can Toenail Fungus Spread Through Nail Polish?

Nail polish – at least most of the commercial products sold today – contain certain chemicals that cause damage to organic materials. These chemicals may include toluene and formaldehyde, both of which are known for their harsh characteristics. True, these chemicals are effective against fungi to some extent. Formaldehyde, for example, is effective against some fungi and can even damage their spores enough to kill them. Toluene, another chemical, can also do as much damage.

Chemicals Found in Nail Polish

Nail polish also contains a number of other chemicals that are considered harsh, at least to microorganisms such as fungi. Check most nail polish products on the supermarket shelves and it is likely you will find ingredients such as ethyl acetate, tosylamide, butyl acetate and isopropyl alcohol. All these ingredients are combined in one cocktail of chemicals that make it extremely difficult for fungi to thrive or even survive. Nail polish, per se, will not be a safe place for toenail fungus and will not cause the transfer of microorganisms from one person to the next.

Is it Safe to Share Beauty Products

If nail polish does not make it possible for fungi to live, does that mean it is safe to share beauty products? Yes and no. If only nail polish is shared, then there is very little chance of the fungus being transmitted. The problem is that the application of nail polish is usually preceded by other nail treatments, such as cutting, polishing, pushing, buffing and snipping. In the process, tiny nicks and wounds may be created in the skin and make it vulnerable to fungal infection. Once infection sets in, the problem begins.

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