Fungix claims to be a doctor-developed, double action nail fungus formula that addresses the root cause of nail infections and stops them in their tracks.
To accomplish this, we’re told that Fungix uses a scientific formulation of 100% pure, clinical strength ingredients, which immediately reduce discoloration and penetrate the layers underneath your nails to inhibit fungal reproduction. Then, these same ingredients will soothe and rehydrate skin around the infection site, in order to decrease severity and reduce pain.
Not only this, but the company claims that Fungix will restore the “natural structure” of your nails and bring back their “color, shine and original thickness.” As a result, Fungix promises to deliver a “total care solution” for eliminating nail fungus for good.
You’re here because you’re either battling a current nail infection, or have battled one in the past, and you want to know if Fungix really can treat—and prevent—them in the future. We’ll walk you step-by-step through what we uncovered during our research, so you can make a more informed purchase.
What Causes Fungal Nail Infections? Are They Preventable?
Although you might think of mushrooms when first hearing the word fungus, the reality is that there are thought to be anywhere between 1.5 and 5.1 million species of fungus in existence, each of which can be very different from the next. For example, fungus can be a single-celled or complex multicellular organism, live in just about any habitat, and be expressed as mold, yeast, and yes, mushrooms.
Fortunately, while some fungus can cause harm to plants, very few species (only about 300) cause any harm to humans. And while some of these can cause severe reactions, the even better news is that most can be effectively treated and cause little more than mild discomfort.
By far the most common fungal infections in people are caused by dermatophytes, which typically only grow on skin, hair, and nails after coming into contact through clothing, shoes, and even flooring. The most common dermatophyte is Trichophyton rubrum, which causes most instances of athlete’s foot, although many nail infections are also caused by candida.
Because fungi thrive in warm, moist environments (like your shoes), one of the best things you can do to prevent nail infections is to wear socks that effectively absorb sweat, while keeping your nails short. You’ll also want to discard old shoes, which can be breeding grounds for fungus—and if you must, be sure to use an antifungal spray or powder.
Finally, it goes without saying that if you suspect that you might have a fungal nail infection, you should make an appointment with your doctor and wash your hands any time you come in contact with the area. Also, make sure you don’t walk barefoot in public places with an existing fungal infection, as it’s easily transmissible.
What about Fungix’s ingredients? Will they help treat, heal, and prevent fungal nail infections?
What Results Can You Expect from Fungix’s Ingredients?
According to the label shown on the Fungix website, the topical solution contains:
Undecylenic acid is a common ingredient found in antimicrobial powders, and is FDA approved for antifungal purposes.
Similarly, tea tree oil is listed as possibly effective for treating fungal nail infections. However, the existing clinical evidence relates to the “topical application of 100% tea tree oil solution, twice daily for six months,” which obviously isn’t what’s found in Fungix. Furthermore, 100% tea tree oil only seems to work for about 18% of those who try it.
Finally, camphor is approved as a painkiller, but only in concentrations of 3% to 11%--and without a label, we can’t be sure how much is contained in Fungix.
Outside of these, most of Fungix’s other ingredients provide moisturizing, soothing, and skin conditioning properties. While these could certainly ease your discomfort, there isn’t enough clinical evidence showing they’re effective for treating fungal nail infections directly.
Possible Fungix Side Effects?
While only a couple of Fungix’s ingredients might be effective for fighting fungal nail infections, most users probably won’t experience any side effects worse than mild skin irritation and redness—assuming you’ll experience anything at all.
According to some sources, tocopheryl acetate may be toxic to human skin and increase the likelihood of some types of cancer, although it remains listed as a Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) ingredient by the FDA.
Are there any other products out there that use the same active ingredients as Fungix?
Will Fungix Help You Fight Nail Infections Better Than the Competition?
While we didn’t encounter any other products with the exact same formulation as Fungix during our research, a quick online search revealed dozens of undecylenic acid supplements that could be had for as little as $13, not to mention bottles of tea tree oil that started around $7.
Taken together (although we’re not including S&H in this calculation), this means you could get a lot more of each active ingredient than what you’ll find in Fungix—and you’ll also know exactly how much of each you’re applying to your nail infection—for as little as $20.
Pro tip: If you want to save on S&H as well, try searching for undecylenic acid and tea tree oil products locally, which could also make the return/refund process easier if you’re not satisfied.
Even if you chose to go with other all-natural nail fungus treatments, the vast majority seemed to be priced between $10 and $20, most of which can also be purchased locally.
Comparatively, how much will you pay for Fungix?
How Much Does Fungix Cost?
Fungix is available in the following quantities:
- 1 Bottle (0.5 fl. oz.): $49.95
- 2 Bottles: $69.90
- 4 Bottles: $111.80
- 6 Bottles: $139.80
Important note: There aren’t any application instructions listed on the Fungix website, so we can’t be sure how long each bottle will last, or how many applications each bottle contains.
Regardless of the number you purchase, Fungix comes with a 60-day money back guarantee, less S&H. To request one, you’ll need to contact customer service at 888-307-4790 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bottom Line About Fungix
Based on the available clinical evidence for Fungix’s ingredients as a whole, the topical formula certainly doesn’t seem to be the “total care solution” to fungal nail infections as promoted by the manufacturer. Even among Fungix’s ingredients that could work to relieve your infection, they can often be purchased individually from third-party manufacturers for much less money.
What about that Doctor Certified label on Fungix’s website? This label is something we’ve encountered numerous times researching hundreds of supplements and solutions, and have learned that it basically just means the company isn’t blatantly ripping people off.
However, we’ve encountered several instances where Doctor Certified staff have marked scammy websites (at least according to customer reviews) as making “ethical and accurate claims” and as providing an “honest representation of products.” As such, we’re not sure you should put a whole lot of stock in their verifications.
The bottom line? If you’re suffering from a fungal nail infections, there seem to be a lot of similar products as Fungix, but which could offer much greater value for your money.
Did Fungix help stop your fungal infection in its tracks, or was it a total dud? Tell us about your experience by writing a review below!
Fungix is a bust
I tried Fungix for over a month. I have not experienced any change in the color or health of the nail. It appears my nails have not grown since the application of Fungix. I kept trimming the nails back until I've reached a point that there is almost no nail left. I've scrubbed the area that used to be under the nail; no results or growth.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend