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.
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.
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.
Fingernails - 2-3mm per month
Toenails - 1mm per month
You should not use this medicine without first telling your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
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
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