Fungal infections are the most common nail infections, causing 50% of all nail problems. They are more common as people get older, and affect more men than women.
Fungal infections of the nails (onychomycosis) affect up to 8% of the general population, but this can be much higher in diabetic patients. They can even affect healthy individuals taking part in sporting activities where they have to share bathing/changing facilities. Older patients, and those with other underlying diseases, are at risk to develop complications and disability.
The following factors are known to increase the risk of people being infected with nail fungal infections:
– Vascular disease (diseases affecting the blood vessels and circulation)
Nail fungal infection most commonly affects the toenails (4 to 10 times more frequently than the fingernails).
Fungal infections are responsible for pain and discomfort when walking, and can cause embarrassment and nail deformities. Without proper treatment, it can significantly impact your quality of life. Diagnosing the fungal infection early and treating it effectively is very important. The infection will get worse if it is left untreated.
How to treat nail fungal infections
Ask your doctor, podiatrist or pharmacist for advice.
– In cases that do not involve the nail bed, or where less than 50% of the surface area of the nail is affected, treatment applied directly to the nail is usually prescribed.
– The advantages of topical treatment (in a lacquer format) are faster absorption through the nail plate to the nail bed (NB. Your nail does not have to be removed), and low risk of side effects compared with oral medications.
– If the infection affects more than 50% of the surface are of the nail and involves the nail bed, your doctor may prescribe oral medication together with a topical treatment. This combination of oral and topical therapy may result in more rapid recovery, higher cure rates and reduced time exposed to the oral medication.
– Chances of cure are significantly improved when oral medications are used together with a topical treatment.
– Always complete the course of treatment when treating fungal infections, even if you may feel the infection has been cured.
– Fungal infections of any type have a nasty habit of reappearing. It is important to continue your treatment as prescribed.
– Infected nail needs to be replaced by new healthy nail growth – this can take 12 to 18 months for toenails, and up to 6 months for fingernails.
How to use Loceryl 5%
– Once weekly application:
– File the infected areas of the nail
– Clean the surface with a cleaning pad
– Apply Loceryl 5% lacquer over the entire surface of the infected nail
– After application, clean bottle neck & replace cap, closing tightly
Loceryl 5% contains:
– Nail lacquer
– Nail files
– Cleaning pads
– Reusable spatulas