Can Nail Fungus Spread Through Nail Polish?

Apr 11, 2014

Of the thousands of makeup products that exist, nail polish has been a standard staple for decades. It is exciting to walk up to a wall of bottles in every color of the rainbow and know that your options are endless. Chinese royalty used to decorate their nails with gold and silver, and Egyptians used polish to signify social status.

While nail polish can turn a set of toenails into a display of beauty, a fungal problem can make nails brittle, crumbly and discolored. Nail fungus is a very common toenail problem, that can be picked up quite easily and be difficult to get rid of. Some women cover up the problem with polish while others may wonder, does nail fungus spread through nail polish?

Nail fungi can spread to your other toenails and to other people’s toenails in certain situations. Using non-sterilized tools at a pedicure salon can increase your risk, but nail polish alone is not likely to spread an infection. First of all, the chemicals that make up polish can damage fungi and possibly kill it. A bottle of nail polish is not an environment that is conducive to the growth of fungi. If a person with a fungal nail infection used the polish, it isn’t likely that the next person in line would pick up the fungus.

It is always a good idea to be better safe than sorry, so if you do get a pedicure ask that all the instruments used are clean and sterilized. For treatment for a toenail problem, contact Dr. Sanjay Patel at Family Foot Care & Surgery. To make an appointment, call our office in Hamden, CT at 203-288-4055 or in Milford, CT at 203-876-7736.