Don't leave your toenail polish on all summer

Doctor reveals why you should avoid this toenail no-no


We love getting our pedicures, but before you leave that toenail polish on your feet for months on end, a foot specialist at Cleveland Clinic wants you to hear why that's not a good idea.  Dr. Joy Rowland says it's very important to give your nails a break from polish.

"I always recommend to my patients a few weeks on, a few weeks off, but do not leave it on all summer," she said.

Dyes from nail polish can soak into the nail plate and dry out the nail. When that happens, it can allow yeast, bacteria, mold and mildew to develop inside the nail plate which can lead to long term problems.

Removing polish, exposing nails to the air and keeping your feet dry are good ways to keep your toenails healthy.  However, if you remove polish and the nail looks stained or has a white chalkiness to it, there are ways you can nurse it back to health.

"I recommend putting something as simple as vitamin E oil on the nail plate and rubbing it in and then we do a gentle filing if we need to, to see if we can't get the nail to start looking more healthy," said Rowland.

Nails only grow about a millimeter each month, so you'll have to be patient if you're waiting to grow out a discolored nail.  Rowland doesn't recommend using polish during that time.