Curanail kills a wide range of different fungi that can cause nail infections. This means that, for the majority of sufferers, Curanail can actually cure the infection. In addition, Curanail comes in the form of a nail lacquer (like a nail varnish), which only needs to be applied once a week. This combination of effectiveness and convenience makes Curanail a first choice over the counter treatment for mild fungal nail infection.
Each Curanail pack contains: 3ml bottle (approximately 3 months' supply) of lacquer Cleansing swabs Reusable applicators Nail files
How effective is it? Amorolfine nail lacquer is an effective treatment that has been shown to clear 85% of fungal infections of the fingernails and 76% of toenail infections (defined as clinical cure plus improvement) with 6 months treatment. Treatment for a fingernail infection is expected to take 6 months (the time for a new nail to re-grow) and about 9-12 months for an infection of the toenail.
Who can use Curanail? You can use Curanail to treat a mild fungal nail infection if: you are aged over 18 you have a mild infection infection affects up to two nails the infection shows up on the upper half or sides of the nail.
Who cannot use Curanail? Curanail should NOT be used by: those aged under 18 women who are pregnant or breastfeeding anyone who has ever suffered an allergic reaction to amorolfine or any of the other ingredients in Curanail those with severe nail infections those with an infection affecting more than two nails If these apply to you, you should see a doctor or podiatrist.
People with diabetes, a weak immune system or poor blood circulation should check with their doctor or pharmacist before using Curanail.
How do I use it? Curanail comes in a pack containing a small bottle of lacquer, cleansing swabs, reusable applicators and nail files.
Nails should be treated ONCE A WEEK. Curanail involves a simple 3 step process:
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 nail lacquer. The lacquer must not be wiped off on the edge of the bottle before it is applied. Apply the nail lacquer evenly over the entire surface of the nail. Let the treated nail(s) dry for approximately 3 minutes.
INFORMATION LEAFLET Before using Curanail, you should read the information leaflet (included inside the pack) carefully and familiarise yourself with the contents. Speak to your pharmacist if you have any questions.
How long does it take to work? Treatment of mild fungal nail infections may take time, because the nail has to grow out before the infection is completely cured. For this reason, it is very important that you continue to use Curanail once weekly until the infection has cleared and a healthy nail has grown back. This takes about 6 months for fingernails and around 9 to 12 months for toenails.
Sticking to treatment Some tips to help inspire you to continue with treatment include: Making use of the nail templates which will be provided in the pack along with Curanail. These are drawings of nails for you to fill in to help you chart your progress and draw attention to even the small changes in nail condition.
Using a diary card Picking a day to always apply treatment and trying to build it into a routine for example, following a regular sporting activity or after Bath & Bodycareing Putting a reminder in your diary to see a healthcare professional (e.g. pharmacist, doctor or podiatrist) every 3 months for a treatment review.
This will be vital to monitor your progress and check that Curanail is working for you.
Are there any side effects? Fortunately side effects with Curanail are uncommon. Very rarely, there may be a slight burning sensation around the nails after application, but this soon wears off When using Curanail you should not wear nail varnish or artificial nails as they may stop the treatment from working properly Take care to avoid the lacquer coming into contact with eyes, ears, mouth or nose.
Where can I get it? Curanail is available from your pharmacist, without the need for an appointment or a prescription. The pharmacist will need to ask you a few questions to make sure: you have the type of fungal nail infection that can be treated in the pharmacy (e.g. mild infection)
Curanail is a suitable treatment for you (e.g. you donâ€™t have medical conditions that mean the treatment is unsuitable) In some cases, the pharmacist may need to refer you to your doctor for further advice.
Treatment review Because treatment is long term, you will need to speak to the pharmacist, podiatrist (also called chiropodist) or GP about how you are getting on with the treatment before buying the next pack of Curanail. This is a progress check to make sure that the treatment is working and that your nail is improving you can use the nail templates in the pack to help you monitor progress.
The treatment review is also a good opportunity to check that you are using the lacquer correctly and to ask any questions you may have about your treatment. PLEASE READ THE LEAFLET BEFORE USE Precaution Do not store above 30'C Protect from heat Keep the bottle tightly closed after use
KEEP OUT OF THE REACH AND SIGHT OF CHILDREN FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY
How do I take/use this medicine?
Apply Amorolfine exactly as directed by your doctor.
Do not apply more or less frequently than instructed by your doctor. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Do not skip any doses. You should complete the treatment as directed by your doctor. If you don't, the infection will not clear completely.
You will need to use Amorolfine for some time before any improvement can be seen.
Wash and dry the affected area thoroughly.
Use the nail file provided and file down the infected areas of the nail. Clean the nail surface with the swab provided after filing. Dip the applicator provided into the bottle of Amorolfine and apply the solution onto the infected nail. Do not wipe the applicator on the edge of the bottle as it is designed to deliver a measured dose of medicine. Clean the applicator with the swab after using. Leave the nail to dry for 3 minutes.
For subsequent applications, always file down the affected nails and clean the nail surface before application.
DO NOT reuse the nail file on healthy nails as it may spread the infection to your healthy nails.
Do not use Amorolfine for anything else other than the purpose instructed by your doctor.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Do not allow Amorolfine to come into contact with the eyes, ears, nose or mouth.
Do not swallow or inhale the solution.
Do not use nail varnish or artificial nails on the infected nail which is being treated with Amorolfine.
If you are using chemicals such as paint thinners or spirits, use a rubber or waterproof glove to protect the treated nail.
Do not share this medicine with anyone else, even if they appear to have the same problem as you do.
Maintain good hygiene as this is important in managing fungal infections.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or if you become pregnant while being treated with Amorolfine.
Why do I need this medicine?
Amorolfine is an antifungal medicine. It helps to treat fungal and yeast infections of the fingernails and toenails.
What side effects could I experience?
There may be some skin irritation such as redness, itching or a burning sensation around the nail when using Amorolfine. This is normal and is usually mild.
Alert your doctor if the skin irritation worsens.
The nail may become discoloured, broken or brittle. This may be due to the medicine or it may be due to the fungal infection itself. Inform your doctor if these side effects are severe.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Keep the bottle tightly closed after use.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are applying any other ointment or cream on the same area.
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.