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Fungal Nail Infection Treatment

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Step 1: Prepare the Nail
Using a new file, gently file down the infected areas of nail, including the nail surface. Protect any healthy nails while you are doing this so that you don't spread the infection.
CAUTION: Do not use the same nail file for infected nails and healthy nails, as this could spread the infection as well. To prevent the spread of infection take care that no one else uses the files from your kit.

Step 2: Clean the nail
Use one of the swabs provided, to clean the nail surface.
Do not throw the swab away as you will need it later to clean the applicator.

Step 3: Treat the nail
Dip one of the re-usable applicators into the bottle of Amorolfine nail lacquer. The lacquer must not be wiped off on the edge of the bottle before it is applied. Apply the lacquer. Apply the nail lacquer evenly over the entire surface of the nail. Allow to dry. Let the treated nail(s) dry for approximately 3 minutes.

Step 4: Clean the applicator
You can use the applicators provided more than once. However, it is important to clean them thoroughly each time so that you don't spread the infection. Use the same swab you used for cleaning your nails. Don't touch the newly treated nails with the swab. Close the Amorolfine nail lacquer bottle tightly. Dispose of the swab carefully as it is inflammable.

Before using the Amorolfine nail lacquer again, first remove the old lacquer from your nails using a swab, then file down the nails again if necessary.

Re-apply the lacquer as described above.

When dry the nail lacquer is unaffected by soap and water, so you can wash your hands and feet as normal. If you need to use chemicals such as paint thinners or white spirit, rubber or other impermeable (waterproof) gloves should be worn to protect the lacquer on your fingernails.

It is important to carry on using the Amorolfine nail lacquer until the infection has cleared and healthy nails have grown back. This usually takes 6 months for fingernails and 9 to 12 months for toenails. You will see a healthy nail growing as the diseased nail grows out.

It is important that you continue the treatment without interruption until the infected section of nail has completely grown out, otherwise the infection will just come back. The hardest part may remembering to apply Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer each week. It will help to apply Amorolfine on the same day each week and write the date of use on a diary card or on the box, to help to keep a running check of when you used to medicine. In general Curanail can take six months treatment to clear up a fingernail infection and nine to twelve months for toenail infections.

Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer is available from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service, following a free consultation, to help treat fungal nail infections. To find out more about fungal nail infections and see all the available treatments, see our Online Doctor Fungal Nail Infection page.

Amorolfine is a generic version of the common over-the-counter fungal nail treatment, Curanail. Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer contains amorolfine, an antifungal medicine. Amorolfine stops the product of a chemical called ergosterol in fungus that causes nail infections. Without ergosterol the fungus stop growing and their cells breakdown. It will be removed as the infected nail grows out until only healthy nail is left.

Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer is available in a 5mL pack size as the generic prescription equivalent to Curanail 5% Fungal Nail Treatment 3mL. Curanail over-the-counter treatment is only suitable to treat up to 2 infected nails whereas Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer can be prescribed by the Online Doctor to economically treat multiple nail infections at a time.

Treatment with Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer should continue until the infected nail has completely grown out. Depending on the speed of nail growth, this is usually around 6 months for a fingernail and 9 – 12 months for a toenail. You should start to see an improvement in your nails before this time as healthy nail starts to grow out. As a rough guide you will need around 1mL of Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer per nail for 3 months treatment. This will vary slightly depending on the amount you apply and the size of your nails. If you do not see improvement in your fungal nail infection after 3 months of treatment with Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer, you should see your GP.

Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer should be applied to each infected nail once weekly. It is important to use the treatment regularly to ensure it is effective. You should apply the treatment to all of the infected nails on the same day each week, preferably at the same to time to make it easier to remember. This may be after a bath, shower or regular activity.

Fungal nail infections are caused by the same fungus that causes athlete’s foot. If you are also suffering with athlete’s foot it is important that you also treat this to prevent your toenail becoming re-infected after completing a course of Amorolfine nail treatment. See our Athlete’s Foot section for a range of antifungal creams, gels, sprays and powders. You can also use antifungal powders in your shoes and socks if you are suffering with a fungal nail infection to help keep them free of fungi and stop the spread.

If you suffer with diabetes, a weak immune system, or poor circulation you should see your GP for treatment of your fungal nail infections. This is because you need your infection monitored more closely to ensure there are no complications.

Not everyone will experience side effects when they use Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer, however if you do they can include: 

Burning sensation in area where you're using it.

If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product. 

  • Do not use Amorolfine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, for children aged under 18 years, a destroyed or very damaged nail. 
  • If you suffer from diabetes, poor blood circulation in your hands or feet, or an underactive immune system, for example due to disease such as HIV or treatment with medicines such as chemotherapy, immunosuppressants or high-dose corticosteroids, please see your doctor. 
  • This medicine is for external use only. 
  • If there is no improvement after three months treatment you will need to see your doctor. 
  • Avoid contact with eyes, ears and mucous membranes (e.g. the inside of the nose and mouth). 
  • Do not inhale. 
  • The disposable nail files provided with Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer should be discarded after use. 
  • Use a new file for each weekly treatment. 
  • Do not use the nail files used for infected nails to file healthy nails, as this may spread the infection. 
  • You should not use nail varnish or artificial nails on the nails you are treating with Amorolfine 5% Nail Treatment. 
  • If you need to work with organic solvents (e.g. thinners, white spirit etc.) during treatment with this medicine, you should wear waterproof gloves to protect the medicine on the nails. 


Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.

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Adults, including the elderly and children 18 years and over:

Step 1: Prepare the Nail
Using a new file, gently file down the infected areas of nail, including the nail surface. Protect any healthy nails while you are doing this so that you don't spread the infection. CAUTION: Do not use the same nail file for infected nails and healthy nails, as this could spread the infection as well. To prevent the spread of infection take care that no one else uses the files from your kit.

Step 2: Clean the nail
Use one of the swabs provided, to clean the nail surface.
Do not throw the swab away as you will need it later to clean the applicator.

Step 3: Treat the nail
Dip one of the re-usable applicators into the bottle of Curanail nail lacquer. The lacquer must not be wiped off on the edge of the bottle before it is applied. Apply the lacquer. Apply the nail lacquer evenly over the entire surface of the nail. Allow to dry. Let the treated nail(s) dry for approximately 3 minutes.

Step 4: Clean the applicator
You can use the applicators provided more than once. However, it is important to clean them thoroughly each time so that you don't spread the infection. Use the same swab you used for cleaning your nails. Don't touch the newly treated nails with the swab. Close the Curanil nail lacquer bottle tightly. Dispose of the swab carefully as it is inflammable.

Before using the Curanail nail lacquer again, first remove the old lacquer from your nails using a swab, then file down the nails again if necessary.

Re-apply the lacquer as described above.

When dry the nail lacquer is unaffected by soap and water, so you can wash your hands and feet as normal. If you need to use chemicals such as paint thinners or white spirit, rubber or other impermeable (waterproof) gloves should be worn to protect the lacquer on your fingernails.

It is important to carry on using the Curanail nail lacquer until the infection has cleared and healthy nails have grown back. This usually takes 6 months for fingernails and 9 to 12 months for toenails. You will see a healthy nail growing as the diseased nail grows out.

It is important that you continue the treatment without interruption until the infected section of nail has completely grown out, otherwise the infection will just come back. The hardest part may remembering to apply Curanail 5% Nail Lacquer Amorolfine Treatment each week. It will help to apply Curanail on the same day each week and write the date of use on a diary card or on the box, to help to keep a running check of when you used to medicine. In general Curanail can take six months treatment to clear up a fingernail infection and nine to twelve months for toenail infections.

Curanail 5% Nail Lacquer Amorolfine Treatment contains the active ingredient Amorolfine. Curanail treatment comes in a lacquer form similar to nail vanish and only needs to be applied once a week. It can kill most fungi and so for many sufferers the infection can be treated effectively and easily.

Our Online Doctor is able to prescribe the generic Curanail equivalent, Amolorfine 5% Nail Lacquer in a 5mL pack size for the same low price of £16.50. This means you get an extra 66% for the same price by getting the generic equivalent from our Online Doctor service.

Curanail 5% Nail Lacquer Amorolfine Treatment has been shown to be effective in 85% of fingernail infections and 76% of toenail infections over a 6 month treatment period for a fingernail and about a 9-12 period for toenails. Protect your nails and start treatment before infection spreads. Comes with a pack containing lacquer, cleansing swabs, reusable applicators and nail files.

Curanail is easy to use and apply but it can be a long process. The old nail is shed as the new nail grows and this process can take months but depends on the severity of the infection. Its important to keep up with the treatment, keep nails short and use a different pair of trimming scissors for infected nails.

Not everyone will experience side effects when they use Curanail Fungal Nail Treatment, however if you do they can include:

Burning sensation in area where you're using it.

If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.

  • Do not use Curanail if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, for children aged under 18 years and if you have more than two infected nails, a destroyed or very damaged nail, or your pharmacist thinks that your nail condition is not caused by a fungal infection. 
  • If you suffer from diabetes, poor blood circulation in your hands or feet, or an underactive immune system, for example due to disease such as HIV or treatment with medicines such as chemotherapy, immunosuppressants or high-dose corticosteroids, please see your doctor. 
  • This medicine is for external use only. 
  • If there is no improvement after three months treatment you will need to see your doctor. 
  • Avoid contact with eyes, ears and mucous membranes (e.g. the inside of the nose and mouth). 
  • Do not inhale. 
  • The disposable nail files provided with Curanail should be discarded after use. 
  • Use a new file for each weekly treatment. 
  • Do not use the nail files used for infected nails to file healthy nails, as this may spread the infection. 
  • You should not use nail varnish or artificial nails on the nails you are treating with Curanail Fungal Nail Treatment. 
  • If you need to work with organic solvents (e.g. thinners, white spirit etc.) during treatment with this medicine, you should wear waterproof gloves to protect the medicine on the nails. 


Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.

About Fungal Nail Infections

Fungal Nail Infections Background

A fungal nail infection is also known as Onychomycosis. It’s caused by a dermatophyte fungi; the same fungus that causes athlete’s foot. This fungi can also infect the hard material (keratin) that makes up the nail. It develops slowly within the nail, causing it to become discoloured, thickened and distorted.  These infections vary and can affect all or just part of the nail.

The most common sign of a fungal nail infection is the thickening and discolouration of the nail itself, usually turning it yellow, white, black or green. The good news is that these infection rarely cause any pain or discomfort. The nail itself may seem unattractive but in most cases a fungal nail infection will not cause any further complications.

Fungal nail infections are far more common in toenails. The most common causes of a fungal nail infection is a pre-existing fungal skin condition (e.g. Athlete’s foot) or damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. The fungi that cause the infection thrive in damp, warm conditions, so an infection is far more likely to occur after wearing trainers and sports shoes for prolonged periods. If you are susceptible to hot, sweaty feet then there is an increased chance of developing an infection.

Statistics show that fungal nail infections become more common with increasing age, however, sometimes there are no obvious cause to explain how an infection has occurred. Other factors that can potentially cause, or increase the risk of infection include:

  • Psoriasis or diabetes
  • Poor health or weakened immune system
  • Using cosmetic nail polishes and varnishes
  • Living in a warm, humid environment
  • Constant nail biting
  • Smoking

Fungal Nail Infections Symptoms

As stated above the easiest way to identify a fungal nail infection is when the nail becomes discoloured or thickened. It is rare for an infection of this nature to cause pain but in some cases, if left untreated, this can be the case. If a toenail is affected then it may be uncomfortable walking and wearing shoes may become painful. If the infection is in the fingernail then writing and using other such utensils may become problematic although these occurrences are rare.

If the infection is allowed to progress then other symptoms may develop. The nail can become crumbly and brittle, with pieces breaking off from the toe or finger completely. The skin around the nail area can also become painful and inflamed. Other symptoms that can develop to the surrounding skin include; white or yellow patches on the nail-bed and scaly skin around the nail. 

To summarise, symptoms may include:

  • White, yellow or brown discolouration of the nail
  • Thickening, scaliness and/or brittleness of the nail
  • The nail may become distorted in shape
  • There may be increased debris under the nail

Fungal Nail Infections Diagnosis

If you suspect you have a fungal nail infection then you should visit a healthcare professional who can successfully diagnose it. Usually the doctor or nurse will visually examine the nail. They may choose to take a clipping that will be sent to a laboratory for analysis. This will allow the doctor to decide whether your nail has a fungal infection or if it has been damaged instead. If the results indicate that the nail is simply damaged then antifungal treatments won’t be required.

If you would like any help diagnosing your fungal nail infection please Contact Us

Fungal Nail Infections Prevention

There are several steps that can be taken to help prevent fungal nail infections.

  • Try to avoid injury to the nail, as damage nails are more prone to developing an infection.
  • Wash your hands and feet regularly with soap and water. Ensure to dry thoroughly, especially in between the fingers and toes.
  • Keep your nails trimmed short and file down any thickened areas.
  • If using a communal bathing or shower facility, wear footwear such as flip-flops to protect against picking up an infection.
  • Try to avoid towel sharing as this can pass on the infection from one person to another.
  • Replacing old footwear, which potentially could be contaminated with fungal spores.
  • Wearing socks that absorb sweat; fabrics such as wool, nylon and polypropylene are effective at wicking away moisture.
  • Using an antifungal spray or powder in your shoes and socks will help prevent an infection from developing.
  • Try to avoid using nail polish and artificial nails as this can trap unwanted moisture, which will worsen the infection.
  • Always wash your hands after touching an infected nail as the fungus can spread from nail to nail.
  • Avoid trimming and picking at the skin around your nails as this can provide germs access to your skin and nails. 

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Fungal Nail Infections FAQ's

Can people with diabetes treat a fungal nail infection?

If you suffer with diabetes it is recommended that you consult your GP before treating a fungal nail infection. This is to ensure that there are no complications with your infection and that any treatment prescribed or purchased will be safe and effective for you.

Can I still apply nail polish to an infected nail?

It is advised that you do not apply nail polish to an infected nail. It will likely make any treatment you are using less effective and increase the likeliness of you spreading the infection to other nails as well.

Am I more likely to get a fungal nail infection if I have athlete’s foot?

Yes, it is thought that up to 90% of the fungus that causes the infection in athlete’s foot also cause fungal nail infections. Athlete’s foot is generally much easier to treat than a fungal nail infection so ensure you treat any case of athlete’s foot quickly to stop it spreading to a nail.

When should I go to the doctor if I suspect I have a fungal nail infection?

You should see your GP if you have a fungal nail infection that affects more than 2 nails, or if you are diabetic or pregnant. Children should also see their GP if a fungal nail infection is suspected.

Can I treat a fingernail or are the available treatments just for toenails?

No, most available treatments are suitable for use on fingernails and toenails. As fingernails are smaller they usually clear up quicker than toenails with treatment.

Will my fungal nail infection get better on it’s own if I chose not to treat it?

It is unlikely your nail will get better if it is left without treatment. The infection will likely get worse with the nail becoming thicker and more brittle. The earlier you start treatment, the quicker and easier it will be to get your nail back to full health.

Curanail and Amorolfine FAQ’s

 

Curanail and Amorolfine FAQ’s

 

1.What’s the difference between Amorolfine and Curanail nail lacquers?

2.What is the difference between branded and unbranded medicines?

3.What does one pack of Curanail or Amorolfine contain?

4.How does Curanail or Amorolfine nail lacquer actually work?

5.How do you apply Curanail or Amorolfine nail lacquer?

6.How long will it take to cure the fungal nail infection?

7.What other options are available if this doesn’t work?

8.What do I do if I miss an application of Curanail or Amorolfine?

9.Can you use Curanail if you are pregnant?

10.Can you apply nail varnish over the top of Curanail?

11.How long does one application last?

12.How many nails can I treat at the same time?

13.What are the side effects of Amorolfine and Curanail treatment?

 

 

1. What’s the difference between Amorolfine and Curanail nail lacquers?

At The Independent Pharmacy we sell both branded Curanail and generic Amorolfine Nail lacquers for fungal nail infections. The active ingredient in both medications is Amorolfine 5%. Curanail is a branded version, which can be bought without a prescription and comes in a 3ml bottle. As Curanail is an over-the-counter treatment that can be sold by a pharmacist it comes in a smaller pack and is only licenced to treat a maximum of two infected nails. Infections more severe than this require the larger Amorolfine 5% laquer in a 5ml pack.

Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer is the same medication at the same strength but it is available to buy in a 5ml bottle for the same price. As this is a larger volume, it is classed as a prescription medicine. However, it can still be purchased online from The Independent Pharmacy following a short questionnaire about your health and condition for our in-house doctors to check off. 

 

2. What is the difference between branded and unbranded medicines?

When medicines are first manufactured and released on to the market they have usually have a licence, which means that only that manufacturer can produce it.

This is normally a set number of years and helps the drug companies recoup the cost of research and developing the medicine. When the exclusive license runs out, then other manufacturers can also produce the same treatment without the brand name and the price drops with increased competition.

This is why we can offer 5ml unbranded Amolorfine 5% laquer for the same price as the 3ml Curanail.

 

3. What does one pack or Curanail or Amorolfine contain?

As well as the nail laquer, each pack contains files, applicators and wipes - everything you need to treat your fungal nail. The amount of extras contained in each pack is proportional to the amount of treatment supplied.

 

4. How does Curanail or Amorolfine nail lacquer actually work?

The lacquer is painted on the nail and is impervious to soap and water. It then penetrates the nail and halts the growth of the infection underneath. As the nail grows the infection is shed. The time it takes to clear the infection completely depending on the speed of nail growth. As fingernails grow faster than toenails, they take 6 months on average to clear whilst toenails can take between 9 and 12 months.

5. How do you apply Curanail or Amorolfine nail lacquer?

File the infected nail using the files provided. This includes the nail surface. Files used for infected nails should not be used on healthy nails. Otherwise you may infect healthy nails.

Use the swabs provided to clean down the surface of the nail.

Apply the lacquer to the nail surface using a reusable applicator. Allow to dry approximately 3-5 minutes.

Use the same swab to clean the applicator thoroughly. It can now be used again. Discard the swab.

Repeat with other infected nails.

6. How long will it take to cure the fungal nail infection?

This depends on the severity of the infection but on average finger nails take approximately 6 months and toenails take between 9-12 months to clear completely.

If the infection has spread to the nail bed or it is more severe then it may take longer or a stronger treatment from your doctor may be more appropriate.

 

7. What other options are available if Amorolfine doesn’t work?

If the nail lacquer is ineffective or you would prefer an oral alternative, terbinafine antifungal tablets are available through our Online Doctor.

 

8. What do I do if I miss an application of Curanail or Amorolfine?

Apply the next application as soon as you remember. Do not double the dose or apply an extra dose if the next dose is now due.

It can be difficult to remember to apply Curanail/Amorolfine when it is a weekly application so it is advised to log it regularly into your calendar or smartphone to help you remember. Successful treatment relies on regular weekly treatment.

 

9. Can you use Curanail if you are pregnant?

If you are or trying to become pregnant, then you cannot use Curanail or Amorolfine. We recommended you see a doctor for medical advice.

 

10. Can you apply nail varnish over the top?

Do not apply nail varnish when using Amorolfine. If you would like to apply nail varnish then the oral anti fungal tablets, terbinafine, may be more appropriate for you.

 

11. How long does one application last?

One application lasts one week.

 

12. How many nails can I treat at the same time?

It is possible to treat 2 nails at a time with Curanail.  If more nails are infected, you should use the larger Amorolfine 5% Laquer or terbinafine. If you are unsure about which fungal nail treatment is best for you, please contact us and one of our expert team will be happy to help.

 

13. What are the side effects of Amorolfine and Curanail Lacquer

Fungal nail lacquers are well tolerated and it’s unlikely you will experience side effects.

Side effects for this product are rare and 1 in 10,000 people may experience discoloration of the nail or loosening of the nail form the nail bed.

 

 

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