Frequently Asked Questions About Fungal Nail Infections

Are fungal nail infections common?

Fungal nail infections have become more common in recent years, likely due to factors such as changes in lifestyle (wearing closed tight shoes) or increased use of communal change rooms and an ageing population.

Who is at risk of getting a fungal nail infection?

People with blood sugar or circulation issues, increasing age, smokers. External risk factors include increased physical activity, increased exposure to wet work, ill-fitting shoes, swimming pools, walking barefoot and nail biting.

How effective are antifungal nail lacquers in treating a fungal nail infection?

A clinical review of anti-fungal treatments showed that after 6-12 months of treatment different anti-fungal lacquer had 5-17%1 clinical/complete cure. Another study with combined urea and bifonazole treatment (Canesten Fungal Nail Treatment Set) showed that after 2 months of treatment the overall cure rate was 55%2.

How long does it take nails to grow out?

Fingernails - 2-3mm per month
Toenails - 1mm per month

Can Canesten Fungal Nail Treatment Set be used during pregnancy and /or breastfeeding?

You should not use this medicine without first telling your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Are there any side-effects expected when using Canesten Fungal Nail Treatment Set?

Side effects using Canesten Fungal Nail Treatment Set are mild and transient with the most common being skin irritation, reddening or peeling. If you expereince any of these side effects consult your healthcare professional

Why is the urea ointment hard?

The urea ointment has a very thick consistency. This helps in the application and intended use on the infected fungal nail.

When ointments are stored in cold areas they may harden up. If the urea ointment has hardened, it is suggested you try and warm the product up between your hands byt rollling it as this will often help soften it.


1. Eisman S et al. Fungal Nail Infection: Diagnosis and Management. BMJ  2014.

2.Tietz, H-J et al. Mycoses 2013

Back to top

L.AU.MKTG.08.2019.03722 Last Updated Date: August 2019

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional. For Canesten Thrush Treatment, Ask your pharmacist- They must decide if this product is right for you.

Australia’s No 1: Canesten is Australia’s #1 range of antifungal treatments as per AZTEC National Scan Sales MAT 14/07/19

Images are for illustrative purposes only.