Nail fungus varnishes - review and comparison

Beautiful nails are one of the great advantages in creating the image of a successful, healthy and happy person. But how often it leaves much to be desired, not only in appearance, but also in the health of nails. They turn yellow, thicken and wear out.

In very advanced cases, the nail plate can be completely separated from the finger. The reason for such a non-aesthetic and painful condition of the nails is a fungus. Onychomycosis, a common and incurable disease, is not as difficult to catch.

Visiting saunas, going to pools without individual shoes, changing clothes on the beach are the most common ways of infection, and fungal infections of the toenails are the most common type. The development of pathological microflora in the nails is often facilitated by stress, emotional stress and decreased immunity.

Bad habits and poor personal hygiene are also factors that can lead to nail fungus. Treatment of the disease is not as fast as infection. From the correct diagnosis of the disease to recovery, it takes at least six months if the fungus is localized on the toenails, and up to twelve months if the foot is damaged.

application of nail polish to treat toenail fungus

Varnishes for the treatment of nail fungus

Depending on the stage and localization of the fungal infection, different methods are used to allow recovery in the optimal time.

In the early stages of infection, the varnish is used successfully to treat nail fungus, the principle of which is to soften the affected nail plate, as a result of which the spores of the fungus die under the influence of the drug.

Different pharmaceutical companies produce varnish under different names, and all of them confirm the high fungicidal properties.

Medications are used successfully to get rid of onychomycosis and prevent recurrence of the disease. Nail polish is also very effective in preventing fungal infections.

Recommendations for the use of antifungal varnishes

To ensure the maximum therapeutic effect, the treatment of affected nails should be carried out in accordance with the recommendations and in the optimal dose. Thus, varnish treatment is carried out regularly twice a week, and treatment is continued for six or twelve months, respectively, for the fingers and toes, respectively, until the final laboratory and clinical recovery.

When treating nail fungus, it should be borne in mind that toenails are able to accumulate several times more therapeutic substances than nails. It should also be noted that the use of different varnishes in combination is undesirable, as it reduces the antifungal activity.

Contraindications when using varnish

The use of nail polish in the treatment of onychomycosis should be contraindicated. It is contraindicated during pregnancy and breastfeeding, is contraindicated in individuals with individual intolerance to the components of the drug, should not be prescribed to children. By applying varnish for the treatment of nail fungus, in some cases it is possible to observe hyperemia of nearby skin areas.

Application rules

  • Preparation of the nail plate before treatment with varnish involves the removal of the maximum possible amount of affected nail tissue using a special nail file that comes with the medical varnish.
  • Then the surface of the nail is cleaned of oil with a cotton ball soaked in water-alcohol solution.
  • Another way to prepare to apply nail polish is to use a hygienic bath of soap and soda.
  • After that, an antifungal varnish is applied to the affected nail. It is recommended to remove the dried varnish weekly, as with ordinary decorative varnishes, using common organic solvents.