FungAway claims to be an easy, fast-acting, effective topical remedy for the treatment of toe fungus.
According to the manufacturer, FungAway works using ingredients that can eliminate a broad spectrum of fungus on and around the exposed nail bed, including “an approved fungal fighter,” in addition to thymus, tea tree, and clove oil extracts. FungAway also features Accupoint tips for precise treatment, which helps you target hard to reach areas. And because they’re disposable, you won’t have to worry about spreading fungus to other toes.
After application, FungAway is claimed to start working right away to eliminate 99.9% of fungus, without harming surrounding skin.
Sure, toenail fungal infections might seem like a minor problem, but it can be downright embarrassing. But can FungAway help you enjoy wearing sandals again, or is it a bunch of hype? Consider the following:
What is Toenail Fungus?
At its most basic, a fungus is a large group of organisms that includes yeasts, molds, and mushrooms. When it comes to infected toenails however, it’s often due to a specific type of fungus known as a dermatophyte, usually onychomycosis (aka tinea unguium). Say that 5 times fast!
Difficult-sounding words aside, soon after being introduced to your body (typically through a nail injury or as a side effect of diabetes, blood vessel diseases, and more), this fungus moves to your nails and begins feeding on the keratin they contain.
Have you ever seen a Petri dish before? How about one colonized with millions of fungi? Well, this is exactly what occurs when you get a toenail infection. Except, instead of growing on glass, these bacteria thrive in the warm, moist environment between your toenails and your skin. Gross, right?
Once this occurs, you might see a white or yellow spot appear on the nail, which “thickens and distorts the nail as the infection progresses. As fungi grow under and into the nail, crusting, discoloration and darkening begin. Moreover, infected nails often separate from the nail bed, which can cause pain in the tips of fingers and toes, as well as a slightly foul-smelling odor.”
Yeah, no thanks. So, whatever stage of infection you’re experiencing, you want to stop your toenail infection in its tracks. But can FungAway’s ingredients help you get there?
Will FungAway’s Ingredients Help Your Toenail Infection?
FungAway’s manufacturer doesn’t exactly spill the beans in their commercial, but we are told that 1) it claims to kill a broad spectrum of fungus on and around the exposed nail bed, and 2) it contains an approved fungal fighter and thymus, tea tree, and clove oil extracts.
Obviously, the first part is vague that it’s essentially useless, although there appears to be insufficient clinical evidence showing that thymus or clove oil can provide any of the benefits claimed by FungAway’s manufacturer.
On the up side, tea tree has been shown to cure nail fungus infections in 18% of the people who use it. However, this only references a 100% tea tree oil solution, and there’s no way to know how much FungAway contains.
FungAway’s Side Effects
Although most of FungAway’s ingredients (at least the ones we’re told about) don’t appear to be helpful, they should be safe for most users.
Any side effects experienced would probably be minor, including redness around the application area, skin dryness, itching, etc.
Other Methods of Treating Toenail Infections
If you’re trying to avoid paying a visit to you doctor, there are hundreds—or thousands—of over the counter toenail fungus treatments available at your local pharmacy. Most, however, come with questionable efficacy, as do many home remedies (other than the tea tree oil treatment noted above).
The most effective method of treating a nail infection is by visiting your physician, who may prescribe oral anti-fungal medications such as Fluconazole, Itraconazole, or Terbinafine. There’s even a “lacquer” that can be prescribed by your doctor and applied to your nails named ciclopirox. Efficacy for these medical treatments greatly ranges, anywhere from about 10% to roughly 40%.
But you want results as quickly as possible, so it’s usually best to fight toenail fungal infections with a combination of over-the-counter and prescription medications.
Is It Possible to Prevent a Toenail Fungal Infection?
Because toenail fungus thrives in a continuously warm and humid environment, one of the easiest ways to prevent an infection is by wearing breathable shoes and absorbent socks. Additional measures include washing your feet regularly, getting rid of old shoes once you buy a new pair, avoiding going barefoot in public places, and more.
The Company Behind FungAway
FungAway is manufactured by Plymouth Direct, a company that specializes in some popular “As Seen on TV” products such as Mighty Putty Purple, BeActive Brace, Tag Away, and more. And with over 210 HighYa reader reviews for these products, they have an average rating of 2 stars, with common complaints centered around long shipping times, poor quality products, and difficulty reaching customer service.
Plymouth Direct also had an F rating with the Better Business Bureau based on 144 closed complaints (as of 7/16/15), the details of which weren’t available.
In either instance, this doesn’t mean you’ll experience the same with FungAway, but it’s certainly worth considering.
FungAway Pricing & Refund Policy
Two bottles of TagAway are priced at $19.99 plus $13.90 S&H (did you do a double take?).
During checkout, you’ll be able to upgrade to the Deluxe kit, which contains twice the amount of FungAway, for an additional $10. However, there’s no indication of size on the product’s website.
Regardless of which option you choose, your FungAway order will include 120 Accupoint tips for easy application.
FungAway comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. If you decide to process a refund, this ultimately means you might lose just as much in S&H charges as you’ll receive as a refund.
In order to begin the refund process, you’ll need to contact customer service at 800-340-3418.
Can FungAway Effectively Rid Your Toenail Infection?
Ultimately, because we’re only informed about 3 of the ingredients it contains, it’s impossible to say with any certainty whether or not FungAway will actually get rid of your toenail infection.
However, based on the wide availability of over the counter anti-fungal medications at your pharmacy, as well as FungAway’s excessively high, non-refundable S&H charges, we’d recommend exploring local options before placing your order. As always though, be sure to consult with your physician before beginning any new anti-fungal treatment.