What is Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer?
Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer is a treatment for fungal nail infections, helping to treat your infection and keeping it from spreading to your healthy nails. It can be used to treat up to 2 nails at a time and is perfect for infections that affect the upper half or sides of your nail. It’s ideal for adults over the age of 18 and is applied to your nail just like nail polish, so you’ll only need to treat your nail once a week. This product contains a 3ml bottle of amorolfine nail lacquer and a set of nail files and cleaning swabs for you to use as a part of the treatment.
What is a fungal nail infection?
Fungal nail infections happen when fungi get underneath your nail and multiply, causing an infection that can make your nail brittle, thick, and discoloured. If left untreated, your nail will eventually begin to break away and can even fall off completely. Fungal nail infections are contagious, and you can pick them up from coming into contact with someone else who has an infection, from walking barefoot in the same area as someone with an infection (for example, at the pool or gym), or by sharing products like towels and nail files with someone who has an infection. Luckily, fungal nail infections are very easy to treat, although it can take time for the infection to clear up completely.
How will Amorolfine Nail Lacquer treat my fungal nail infection?
Amorolfine hydrochloride is the active ingredient in this product and it’s an antifungal medication. This means it works to treat your infection by killing the fungi that have infected your nail, keeping the infection from spreading and stopping it from affecting your nail further. This gives your nail the time to recover and lets healthy nail grow in to replace the discoloured, brittle infected nail.
How long will it take for my fungal nail infection to clear up?
Fungal nail infections typically take a few months to clear up, as you have to wait for the healthy nail to grow in and replace the areas of your nail that have been affected by the infection. This will usually take around 6 months for fingernails and 9 - 12 months for toenails, although this can differ depending on your own nails and how quickly they grow.
Is Amorolfine the same as Curanail (Loceryl)?
Amorolfine Nail Lacquer is the generic version of Curanail, which is also known as Loceryl. Amorolfine hydrochloride is the active ingredient in Curanail nail lacquer and both of these products use a 5% formula with the active ingredient, so these products work in the same way and are just as effective as each other.
Can I use this product if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
You can use Amorolfine 5% lacquer if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. However, we would recommend speaking to your doctor or pharmacist before using any new medications at this time so you can be sure it’s safe for you and your baby.
Can I wear nail polish while I’m using this fungal nail treatment?
You can wear nail polish while you’re using this treatment, but you should wait for at least 10 minutes after applying this treatment before painting your nails. You should remove your nail varnish before reapplying this treatment. You should not use artificial nails while you’re using this product.
How to apply Amorolfine Nail Lacquer
Begin by filing the infected areas of the nail with a new file, including the surface of the nail, make sure any healthy nails are protected during this stage to keep you from spreading the infection. Never use the nail file you use on infected nails on your healthy nails or share them with anyone else. Next, clean the nail using the swabs provided, but do not throw the swab away just yet. Use a reusable applicator to apply the lacquer evenly over the entire surface of the infected nail and let the lacquer dry for around 3 minutes. When you’re finished with the application, use the swab you used to clean your nail to clean the applicator.
How often should I apply this treatment?
When you begin the treatment, you should treat the affected nails once a week. Continue the treatment until the infected nail has grown out and your healthy nail has grown in. This will usually take around 6 months if you’re treating a fingernail or 9 - 12 months if you’re treating a toenail. Before you repeat each application, remove any old lacquer from your nails using a swab and file down the nails again if necessary.
When should this product not be used?
Amorolfine Nail Lacquer is not suitable for children under the age of 18. Do not use this product if you are allergic to amorolfine or any of the other listed ingredients. For external use only, avoid contact with eyes, ears, the insides of your mouth or nostrils, or any other sensitive areas. Do not inhale. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you:
- Have diabetes
- Are being treated for a weak immune system
- Have poor circulation in your hands and feet
- Think your nail is severely damaged or infection
- Get this product into your eyes or ears
- Are taking any other medication
Does Amorolfine Nail Lacquer have any side effects?
Like all medications, Amorolfine Nail Lacquer can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These include:
- Nail damage
- Nail discolouration
- Fragile or brittle nails
- Feeling like your skin is burning
- Serious allergic reaction, showing symptoms such as difficulty breathing, severe skin rash, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. If you experience this, stop use and seek immediate medical help
- Allergic reaction, e.g. skin redness, itching, hives, blistering, allergic skin reactions
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
Why do I have to answer questions before I can buy this treatment?
You do not need a prescription for Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer, however, you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire by your Chemist4U pharmacist before we can take your order. This includes some simple questions that all pharmacies legally are required to ask before supplying this kind of product. This helps our pharmacy team to be sure that this product is the best choice for you.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place. This product is flammable, make sure to keep it away from fire, flames, or other sources of ignition. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
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The active substance is amorolfine (as hydrochloride). 1ml of nail lacquer contains 55.74mg amorolfine hydrochloride (equivalent to 50mg of amorolfine).
The other ingredients are ammonio methacrylate copolymer A, triacetin, butyl acetate, ethyl acetate and ethanol.
How to Treat Your Fungal Nail Infection
You don’t spend a whole lot of time examining your nails but you have to admit that something’s up.
It’s looking a little bit yellow and, if you’re completely honest with yourself, it smells a bit funky.
Looks like you could have a fungal nail infection, but what does that actually mean? Let’s take a look at that nail fungus and what you can do to treat it.
Does it contain alcohol?
• The active substance is amorolfine (as hydrochloride). 1ml of nail lacquer contains 55.74mg amorolfine hydrochloride (equivalent to 50mg of amorolfine).
• The other ingredients are ammonio methacrylate copolymer A, triacetin, butyl acetate, ethyl acetate and ethanol.
What treatment is there for a split nail. The nail is split near the bottom and is starting to split sideways on the nail.
What’s a split nail?
A split nail is usually caused by physical stress, nutrient deficiency, or wear and tear. Split nails can be a problem, especially if you work with your hands.
Common causes of split nails include:
Moisture can cause nails to become weak and brittle. Long-term exposure can cause the skin around the nail to soften.
The nail itself becomes brittle making it easier to break, bend, or split. Overexposure to moisture can occur while doing dishes, washing hands, or repeated nail polish use.
Picking or biting
Many people have a habit of picking their fingernails and toenails. Picking or biting is usually a result of an anxiety issue.
Picking or biting your nails can cause stress to the nail and result in a self-inflicted split or broken nail.
An injury may be a probable cause for a split nail. Crushing your nail tip or bed can result in your nail growing with a ridge or split-like appearance.
Injury and weakening can also happen with fake nails.
Fungal, bacterial, or yeast infections in the nail bed can change the texture of the nails, resulting in weakened and split nails.
Psoriasis can affect both the skin and the nails. Psoriasis can cause the nail to thicken, crumble, or split. Up to 78 percentTrusted Source of people with psoriasis are estimated to experience nail issues at some point.
Certain diseases may cause nail health to decline which could contribute to nail splits.
Diseases that may contribute to split nails include:
- thyroid disease
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- skin cancers
While there’s not much that you can do to fix a split nail, there are ways you can prevent your nails from splitting in the first place.
Here are some tips for preventing split nails:
- Keep your nails clean and healthy.
- Refrain from keeping your hands or feet in water for long periods.
- Use moisturizer on your nails and cuticles.
- Use nail hardening products if necessary.
- Don’t bite or pick around your nails.
- Refrain from using nail polish remover.
- Don’t rip or pull your hangnails.
- Take supplements containing biotin
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