Fungal nail infections are common. They’re not serious but they can take a long time to treat.
Fungal nail infections usually affect your toenails but you can get them on your fingernails too.
Fungal nail infections usually start at the edge of the nail
(A fungal nail infection on the edge of a toenail)
they often then spread to the middle, The nail becomes discoloured and lifts off
(A fungal nail infection that has spread across a whole toenail)
The nail becomes discoloured and lifts off
A broken toenail caused by a fungal nail infection
The nail becomes brittle and pieces can break off. It can cause pain and swelling in the skin around the nail
If you have diabetes you should see a foot specialist because any foot injury can lead to complications.
Preventing fungal nail infections
Fungal nail infections develop when your feet are constantly warm and damp. You’re more likely to get an infection if you wear trainers for a long time and have hot, sweaty feet.
To prevent fungal nail infections:
treat athlete’s foot as soon as possible to avoid it spreading to nails
keep your feet clean and dry
wear clean socks every day
wear flip flops in showers at the gym or pool
throw out old shoes
wear shoes that make your feet hot and sweaty
wear other people’s shoes
share nail clippers or scissors
1. What Loceryl is and what it is used for
Loceryl is used to treat fungal infections of the nails. loceryl has a very high success rate and is clinically proven to clear up to 85% of fungal fingernail infection cases and 75% of toenail infection cases within six months.
Loceryl contains the active ingredient amorolfine (as the hydrochloride), which belongs to a group of medicines known as antifungals. It kills a wide variety of fungi that can cause nail infections. Fungal nail infections in the fingers and toes are common in men and women over the age of 18. In most cases they are not severe but can be unpleasant, and of course infectious. Common symptoms include weak, brittle nails that are easily broken or irregular discolouration of the nails.
2. What you need to know before you use Loceryl
Do not use Loceryl if you are:
Allergic (hypersensitive) to amorolfine or any of the other ingredients of Loceryl.
The lacquer should not be applied on the skin around the nail.
Avoid the lacquer coming into contact with the eyes, ears or mucous membranes (e.g. mouth and nostrils).
Do not inhale.
Wear impermeable gloves when using organic solvents to stop the nail lacquer from being removed.
3. Instructions for use
Step 1. File the nail
Before the first application, file down the infected areas of nail, including the nail surface, as much as possible using the nail file provided.
CAUTION: Do not use nail files used for infected nails on healthy nails, otherwise you may spread the infection.
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.
Repeat steps 1 and 2 for each affected nail.
Step 3. Take some lacquer from the bottle
Dip the applicator into the bottle of nail lacquer. The lacquer must not be wiped off on the edge of the bottle before it is applied.
Step 4. Apply the lacquer
Apply the nail lacquer evenly over the entire surface of the nail.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each affected nail.
Step 5. Allow to dry
Let the treated nail(s) dry for approximately 3 minutes.
Wait at least 10 minutes before applying cosmetic nail varnish.
Step 6. Clean the applicator
The applicator provided is re-usable. However, it is important to clean it thoroughly after completing each treatment procedure, using the same swab you used for nail cleansing. Avoid touching newly treated nails with the swab.
Close the nail lacquer bottle tightly. Dispose of the swab carefully as it is inflammable.
Before using Loceryl again, first remove the old lacquer and any nail varnish 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 may 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 Loceryl until the infection has cleared and healthy nails have grown back. This usually takes 6 months for finger nails and 9 to 12 months for toe nails.
Your doctor will probably check how your treatment is progressing every 3 months or so.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
In addition to the beneficial effects of Loceryl, it is possible that unwanted effects will occur during treatment, even when it is used as directed.
Rare: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people
Nail damages, nail discoloration, fragile or brittle nails.
Very rare: may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people
Skin burning sensation.
Not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available data
Systemic allergic reaction (a serious allergic reaction that can be associated with swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, difficulty breathing and/or a severe skin rash)
Redness, itching, hives, blister, allergic skin reaction
Reporting of side effects
Further information can be found on the manufacturers
Paitient Information Leaflet and printed if required.