What is Curanail?
Curanail 5% Nail Lacquer is a medication that is used once weekly to treat fungal nail infections (onychomycosis). This can cause your nail to become thick and colourless, and in some cases can cause mild pain or discomfort.
How to use Curanail
Firstly, file down the infected area ensuring that all other nails are covered to ensure the infection doesn’t spread. Then clean the surface of the nail with the cleansing swab supplied (keep this as you will need to use this later) or a nail polish remover and a cotton swab. Apply the lacquer over the surface area of the nail with the applicator and allow it to dry. Do not wipe off any excess lacquer, just allow it to dry for around 3 or 4 minutes, after which you can clean it with the swab that was used earlier to wipe the nail. Wait at least 10 minutes before applying any sort of nail polish or varnish. Repeat this procedure once a week.
How effective is Curanail?
This treatment is very effective when used correctly over an extended period. It is important to use the gel as directed until the infection is completely gone to ensure full growth of the healthy nail. Not doing so can risk the fungal infection coming back. Complete treatment can take around 6 months for fingernails, or 9 to 12 months for toenails.
How long does it take to work?
The effects of Curanail treatment can take some time to start showing. Complete treatment can take around 6 months for fingernails and as long as 9 to 12 months for toenails, which is why it is imperative to stick to the treatment plan. More information can be found regarding this on our Treatment Timeline
1 to 3 months
Using Curanail once a week as directed, will allow the amorolfine (the active ingredient contained within it) to infiltrate the nail allowing it to start killing the fungus.
3 to 6 months
As treatment of the infection continues, you may start to see the growth of the healthy nail below. Continuous use of the treatment as directed will allow the new nail to grow back properly and reduce the risk of re-infection.
6 to 9 months
Continuing the use of Curanail will improve the health of the new nail as it grows. You will now notice the infected nail growing out. The discolouration and thickness should also now be reducing as the new, healthy nail replaces the old one.
9 to 12 months
The infected area should now have completely disappeared and replaced with a new healthier nail. This process can take less time when treating fingernails.
Side Effects of Curanail
Like all medication, Curanail can cause side effects which do not affect everyone.
Rare side effects (affecting less than 1 in 1000 people) include but are not limited to:
- Discolouration of the nail
- Looseness of the nail
Very rare side effects (affecting less than 1 in 10,000 people) include but are not limited to:
- A burning sensation or allergic skin reaction in the area surrounding the nail
If you are experiencing these or any other side effects that may not be listed, it is imperative that you get in touch with your doctor or pharmacist.
File the nail
Before the first application, file down all infected areas of the nail including the nail surface as much as you can using the nail file provided.
CAUTION: Do not use files that have been used for infected nails on healthy nails otherwise you risk spreading the infection. To further reduce risk of spreading the infection, ensure that no one else uses the files from your kit
Clean the nail
Use one of the swabs provided to clean the surface of the nail.
Repeat step 1 and 2 for each infected nail
Take some lacquer from the bottle
Dip the spatula into the bottle of nail lacquer. The lacquer must not be wiped off the edge of the bottle before it is applied
Apply the lacquer
Apply the lacquer evenly over the entire surface of the nail
Repeat this step for each affected nail
Let the treated nails dry for approximately 3 minutes
Wait at least 10 minutes before applying any cosmetic nail varnish if you wish to do so
Clean the spatula
The spatulas provided are re-usable. However, it is important to clean them 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 lacquer bottle tightly. Dispose of the swab carefully as it is inflammable