Don’t be ashamed! We all have stuff like this going on. There are two trains of thought with nail polish and nail fungus. One is that it does absolutely nothing harmful, the other is that it prevents any treatment from reaching the nail with the utmost efficiency. I am inclined to say that the treatments would work their best without polish, however I also don’t think they would be rendered ineffective if you did choose to use it. If you feel more comfortable with the polish, keep it. If you find you aren’t having success, try it without. And don’t fret over what your husband will think, he chose to marry you, and a little toenail fungus isn’t going to change anything 😉
Check with your doctor if you have diabetes and may have nail fungus. Diabetes causes poor circulation in your feet, so you’re more susceptible to infections on your feet. Unfortunately, a simple nail fungus infection can develop into something worse if it’s left untreated. However, your doctor can examine your toenails and make a proper diagnosis so you can receive prompt treatment.
I work with pools all spring/summer/fall every year (installing/removing/cleaning/maintaining), and am a plumber all year around, My feet are almost ALWAYS wet or in water daily, while I’ve been fortunate to have never had any fungal issue (yet), they got like how you described your feet, dry and cracked from constantly being wet and dry, What worked great for ME was to scrub my feet thoroughly with a good stiff foot scrubber brush and “Sloughing” creme (my wife got the brush and creme through her Avon makeup lady for less than $10) twice per day and than wash them off in very hot soapy water, than towel dried and powdered my feet with Johnson’s baby powder and heavily powdered my socks and shoes. That worked great for my very dry, cracked feet. they quickly became nice and smooth and soft again! No oils, meds or lotions helped. Now I just make sure that I wash, dry and powder my feet as soon as possible once they get wet or sweaty to keep them nice, and I also keep my shoes clean and dry. Good Luck!
Both me and my husband had fungus on a couple of our toe nails. After trying a few different methods, I finally discovered something that actually works and is the cheapest option. Instead of soaking our feet in vinegar and water, I would soak up a piece of cotton ball that was big enough to cover the nail with vinegar only. I did not dilute the vinegar. Then I would place the vinegar soaked cotton ball on the nails every night before bed for 15 min. To make this process easier I filled up a small empty hand sanitizer with the vinegar because it was easier to soak up the cotton ball and applying extra drops while the cotton ball was already on the nails. After about 2-3 weeks I noticed my nails clearing up. It has been a few months now and one of my nails is completely back to normal. I would also occasionally apply Vicks vapor rub as well, usually before work in the morning and put on my socks right after. Be prepared to feel that sensation that vicks gives because my husband didn’t like that very much so I applied some after the vinegar. When putting the vinegar soaked cotton balls on our nails both me and my husband felt our nails get a tingling sensation. It never hurt or irritated the skin. The first thing to notice that it is working is when the cutical is starting to disattach from the funus infected nail. I’ve tried different remedies and this has been effective, cheap, and easy. It is definitely worth a try and don’t get discouraged, it won’t clear it up right away. It takes time and once you notice the change its a big relief. Good luck to everyone who has this problem, hope this helps like it helped us.