Antifungal Nail Polish

Fungal infections, also called mycosis, is a common skin infection, and it can happen to anyone. When nails or toenails become infected, antifungal nail polish is one of the many treatment options available.

Fungal infections aren’t the end of the world. We want to tell you what antifungal nail polish is and how it works, and when you might have a fungal infection.

If you want to know how to use antifungal nail treatment and if you can wear nail polish with a fungal infection, you've come to the right place.

You can also find out more about Orly Fungus MD serum for the treatment of nail fungus and other infections, as well as other Orly lacquers and nail polishes.

What This Article Covers:

What is Antifungal Nail Polish?

Nail fungus is a common fungal infection that changes the appearance of nails and makes them brittle and weak.

Many treatment options are available, including antifungal nail polish. It can be applied like regular nail polish. You can apply it once a day to the nail and surrounding skin and might see improvements within a week.

Our Fungus MD is a serum that contains the active ingredient tolnaftate to fight nail and toenail fungus.

Who Should Use Antifungal Nail Polish?

Nail fungus can cause changes in the appearance of nails and makes them brittle and weak. These infections usually start white or yellow discoloration under the tip of fingernails and toenails.

If the infection worsens your nail might develop yellow or brown discoloration, become thicker, or change shape. Affected parts of the infected nail may detach from the nail bed.

Nails that are thickened, crumbly, brittle, discolored, or deformed may have a fungal infection. It usually only affects the appearance of nails; it does not cause a foul smell or pain often, but it can happen.

Our Fungus MD is also effective for treating athlete’s foot, ringworm, and jock itch.

Advantages of Antifungal Nail Polish

  • Antifungal nail polish has no side effects
  • It treats and prevents fungal infections
  • It can be worn under nail polish
  • Easy and convenient application
  • You can buy it over the counter

Disadvantages of Antifungal Nail Polish

  • Topical treatments like nail polish may be less effective than oral medication in severe cases. 
  • Severe fungal infections under the nails take a long time to eradicate

How Does Antifungal Nail Polish Work?

Fungal infections in nails may be hard to treat because nails have numerous layers that can be penetrated by fungus.

Antifungal nail polish contains inhibitory ingredients that stop the growth of fungus. Common ingredients are tolnaftate, tea tree, amorolfine, or ciclopirox.

It eliminates fungus, keeps fungus from growing, and prevents further infections.

Orly’s Fungus MD serum is a synthetic topical antifungal treatment that can be applied daily for two weeks, or until the infection is cured.

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How Should You Use Antifungal Nail Polish?

Before applying the nail polish, trim and remove as much of the damaged nail as possible. Wash and dry the area to remove any residue of product or oil on your nails.

Apply the antifungal nail polish a few times a week, or daily. Remove the old layer of polish with an alcohol swab between applications. 

Use the applicator brush to apply it like normal nail polish to the nails and surrounding skin. Apply it to the undersides of your nails too.

Can You Wear Nail Polish if You Have Toenail Fungus?

Can I wear nail polish if you have toenail fungus? Yes, you can apply cosmetic nail polish or a nail polish treatment on top of the antifungal nail polish. But it is best to avoid nail polish for severe infections.

The nail polish can reduce the effectiveness of the antifungal treatment because topical treatments will penetrate the nail more slowly.

Painting a healthy nail after painting an infected nail can spread the fungus.

Products from Orly Beauty that Work with Nail Fungus

Orly Breathable Treatment + Color

Orly’s Breathable range is the best nail polish for damaged nails. Even the best peel-off nail polish, acrylics, or gel can nails, and you might need to take breaks between manicures.

So, what is the healthiest manicure for your nails? Orly Breathable Treatment + Color is a great breathable nail polish, and one y the best nail polish for strength and growth.

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The formula is infused with ingredients like Argan Oil, Pro-Vitamin B5, and Vitamin C, to promote nail health.  

Our Breathable line is also cruelty-free and non-toxic. It is one of the best vegan nail polishes and it is affordable.

Orly Gel Nail Color

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If you have damaged nails from gel polish, Orly Gel Nail Color is for you. Does gel polish strengthen nails? No, most gel manicures are harsh and damaging for your nails. You need to let your nails rest between manicures.

This is not the case with our Gel.

Like the Breathable Treatment + Color range, the Gel Color formula is infused with antioxidants, vitamin A and E, and pro-vitamin B5. This keeps your nails protected and healthy.


It is tricky to treat fungal infections in nails, but antifungal nail polish is a simple and effective way of getting rid of the infection.

We gave you a guide on antifungal nail polish so that you can know if it’s the right treatment for you, and how to use it.   

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