Amorolfine 5% w/v nail lacquer, P medicine

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Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer is indicated for the treatment of mild cases of fungal infections, affecting the nail.

Onychomycosis is a fungal infection that can affect both fingernails and toenails. Dermatophytes can cause skin infections such as athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) and ringworm (tinea corporis) which, if left untreated, will not resolve themselves and could result in significant discomfort and embarrassment for the patient.

There are a variety of other conditions that could cause nail changes, resembling fungal nail infections, such as psoriasis, nail trauma, eczema, lichen planus, yellow nail syndrome and tumour of the nail bed. Ideally, suspected onychomycosis should be confirmed by microscopy. However, given that treatment is unlikely to cause harm, OTC medicines can be given without a positive diagnosis.

Pharmacists who are responsible for the supply of amorolfine P medicine over the counter to patients as a treatment for mild cases of fungal infection beneath the tips and sides of nails, caused by dermatophytes, yeasts and moulds. Treatment is limited up to two nails.

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