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Loceryl Toenail Fungus Treatment

Updated on March 6, 2012

I know there are a lot of people suffering from toenail fungus infections and it can be a long road to find a cure that works. It's a frustrating condition for sure and I just thought I'd write a little bit about another alternative topical treatment that you may not know about.

The name of this treatment is Loceryl and it's active ingredient, amorolfine hydrocholoride, is used in fighting infections caused by fungus, molds, and yeasts. It's a nail lacquer and has a very good success rate in eliminating nail fungus and is prescription only, so you won't find it over the counter at your local pharmacy. In some countries Loceryl may also be known as Curanail, Odenil, Locetar, Micocide A, or Pekiron



How Often To Apply Loceryl

If you were used to applying nail polish to your nails, then you'll be happy to know that applying Loceryl nail lacquer is very similar to painting your toenails. This is one of the biggest draws over other toenail fungus treatments; it's ease of use. Even if you aren't accustomed to using nail polish, it's extremely easy to apply...it's pretty much a no-brainer process.

Once applied, the active ingredients soak into your nail to fight the infection and you only have to do this task once a week. I say task because one of the reasons, onychomycosis (aka toenail fungus) is such a persistent little bugger is that most people are busy and have a hard enough time keeping up with their daily lives, let alone remembering to apply medicines a couple of times a day. So while you're carrying on your life, Loceryl is working in the background, so to speak, fighting off that evil nail fungus.

As I just mentioned, you only have to do this once every seven days. First you'll want to wash those feet and make sure the infected nail area is clean. It's also recommended that you use an alcohol swab or something similar to make sure you've covered the entire area. Once you've started your treatment, you need to remove any traces of the previous layer of the lacquer that you applied the week before. You can use nail polish remover to accomplish this, just like you would with regular polish.

Any remaining bits can be filed away with the disposable nail files included in the package. The upside to using the files are that not only do you get rid of all of the residual lacquer from prior applications but it also makes the nail more tacky and less smooth. This provides an area in which the lacquer can seep in and get underneath the nail to be more effective. Now just apply the lacquer with the included application spatula and let it dry for a few minutes and you're done! It's as easy as that.

Warnings and Side Effects of Loceryl

If you've looked into home remedies for nail fungus, you know that even natural organic solutions carry with them important medical warnings. Loceryl treatment is no different. It's important that you not only consult with your doctor but read and follow all of the instructions provided to you by, Galderma, the maker of Loceryl. So here are some things you need to know about this type of treatment.

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding. STOP. This treatment is not for you during this time period. Although no studies have been made ascertaining the risks of using this product while pregnant or breastfeeding, the maker of the product recommends you not use this product at this time. Your doctor will most likely be aware of this situation.
  • Since this treatment is prescription only, your doctor will ask about any known allergic reactions you may have. Tell the truth. Yes, toenail fungus is a problem but it's not worth it to risk your overall health and other treatments can be recommended by your doctor.
  • You should not inhale this medicine. You also must avoid contact with eyes, ears, the inside of your nose and mouth.
  • You must wash your hands after touching the infected portions of your nail. This is more of a general overall warning that is not just specific to this treatment. Common sense, I know, but better to be overly aware than lackadaisical about it.
  • Disposable nail files are included in the package to help file away older layer applications. These should be thrown away after their use. You risk re-infection if you do not abide by this rule.
  • Loceryl treatment can take up to six months for fingernail infections and up to a year for fungal nail infection in the toes. During this time, your physician will probably schedule an appointment just to check your progress. If you every have any questions about your ongoing treatment, don't be shy. Call your doctor, that's what he is there for and has a vested interest in your health since he or she prescribed this method for you in the first place!
  • Side effects don't always rear their ugly head in every person but it's important to be aware of the possible side effects of any treatment you undergo. Possible side effects from Loceryl may include burning feelings in the applied area of the nail.

On a side note, I thought I'd report that amorolfine is also the active ingredient in another similar antifungal product, Loceryl Cream.  Loceryl cream is a topical medicine used in the fight against ringworm (tinea corporis), jock itch (tinea cruris), athlete's foot (tinea pedis),and also pityriasis versicolor (a chronic fungal infection of the skin). If you have any of the above conditions, it might be well worth it to look at this treatment.

A Quick Word About Nail Fungus Treatment

I just wanted to take the time before I conclude with a pep talk for toenail fungus sufferers. It's a hard road, I know. I know family members that have struggled with this malady for years. You've probably tried a lot of things at this point; all the natural Cures, topical liquids, Vick's Vapo-Rub, or maybe you're saving your money for laser treatment for toenail fungus.

Some methods work for some people, others for other people. The important thing is to stay positive and stay with your scheduled treatment. I know it feels hopeless at times but I believe a positive attitude is imperative to healing. So keep your head up and one day you won't mind taking a look down at your feet!

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      viv 

      6 years ago

      does anyone know why you cant use nail narnish while using loceryl

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      Tracy Morrow 

      8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I'd never heard of this condition before. I'll know how to treat it though if it's ever a problem for me. Thank you!

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