What is Curanail?
Curanail contains the active ingredient amorolfine, an effective antifungal agent previously only available on prescription. 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
- Reusable applicators
How effective is Curanail?
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, as illustrated in the picture.
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. 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.
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 9–12 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 which you can print off from this website
- Picking a day to always apply treatment and trying to build it into a routine – for example, following a regular sporting activity or after bathing
- 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
Curanail treatment progress
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
Some of the most Frequently Asked Questions have been answered by the curanail pharmacist. If you have any further questions, please contact your local pharmacist.or send your question to email@example.com
Your Questions Answered
Q. I’ve seen a picture of a fungal nail infection but I’m still not sure if that is what I’m suffering from. Any tips?
A. Fungal nail infections can be identified by certain key signs. Some of these include:
- White, yellow or brown discolouration
- Thickening of the nail
- Build-up of debris under the nail
- Distorted shape
If you suspect you have a fungal nail infection, your local pharmacist can help confirm the condition and also help with treatment advice.
Q. I regularly use my local gym and have started to wear flip flops in the communal changing rooms to stop me getting athlete’s foot and verrucas. Will that stop me from getting fungal nail infections too?
A. Hot and humid communal areas are a breeding ground for infections of the feet and nails. Wearing flip flops will certainly reduce the chances of catching and spreading these infections, including fungal nail infections.
Q. I read somewhere that if you’ve got athlete’s foot then you are more susceptible to developing a fungal nail infection. Is there any truth in this?
A. This is absolutely true. Over 90% of fungal nail infections are caused by the same fungus that is responsible for athlete’s foot, so it’s important to treat athlete’s foot as early as possible to minimise the likelihood of it infecting the nails.
Q. My 16 year old son has got what appears to be a fungal nail infection. Can he use Curanail?
A. Curanail can only be used by people aged 18 and over, but that’s not to say he can’t get treatment for it. He just needs to go to his surgery so his GP can check it out and prescribe something appropriate.
Q. I’ve got two infected toes on one foot and one infected toe on the other foot. Can I still use Curanail?
A. No, as it can only be used on a maximum of 2 nails in total (not per foot). Treatment is still available but you need to go to the doctor for that.
Q. I’m diabetic and generally have to keep an eye on my feet as diabetes makes me prone to infections. I’ve noticed recently though that the nail on my big toe has got slightly discoloured. Can I treat it with Curanail?
A. It’s good that you’re keeping a close watch on your feet. However, Curanail can’t be sold over the counter to diabetics. You should go back to your doctor or diabetic nurse to get it checked out. If it is a fungal nail infection the doctor will be able to prescribe something for it.
Q. I’m using Curanail at the moment but have been told I’ll need to use it once a week for at least the next 6 months. Any tips on keeping up with the treatment? I can see myself forgetting to use it.
A. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. The reason Curanail treatment is so long is that it takes around 6 months for fingernails and 9-12 months for toenails to grow out and replace the infected ones. But it’s important to stick to the treatment, especially in the first 3 months when improvement may not be so visible. The once weekly application should help. Other tips include: