Frequently asked questions

Here you find the answers of the most frequently asked questions about nail fungus, nail psoriasis and the fungal nail treatment Naloc.

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  • What is Naloc?

    Naloc is a topical treatment (on the nail) that promotes healing of  discoloured and deformed nails caused by fungal infection or psoriasis. Naloc prevents the growth of nail fungus, gives a smooth nail surface and restores the moisture balance in the nail.

  • How does Naloc prevent the growth of nail fungus?

    Naloc increases hydration, gently smoothes the outer layers of the nail plate and by changing the microenvironment and improving nail surface integrity prevents growth of fungi and bacteria, Naloc removes the conditions in which the nail fungus can thrive. In this way, the fungal attack is countered and prevented.

  • Can I treat my nails with Naloc without being sure if I have nail fungus?

    Using Naloc does not require a doctor’s diagnosis and can be bought at a pharmacy without prescription. Naloc improves the appearance of the nail, even if the discolouration or deformation is caused by factors other than nail fungus.

  • Is nail fungus contagious?

    Nail fungus, or onychomychosis, is caused by tiny, living microorganisms that live on dead skin tissue, and the answer to the question “Is nail fungus contagious?” [L1] is yes. The fungi can be transmitted from one person to another either through direct or indirect contact, and it spreads just as quickly as the flu. It can also spread from one of your own toenails to another, or from a toenail to a fingernail. The risk of contracting nail fungus is especially high in warm, moist areas where the fungi thrive, for example in swimming pools, public showers and locker rooms. Another way to contract nail fungus is by sharing personal items like towels, shoes or nail clippers with an infected person. It can also spread at nail salons through nail polish or instruments that have not been properly sterilized.

    If you have symptoms of a nail fungal infection – for example discolored, brittle, distorted or thickened nails – it is quite possible that you got the infection from somebody else, and it is important that you maintain proper hygiene to keep it from spreading to others. Take these steps to manage the infection and reduce the risk of transmitting it to others:

    • Avoid walking barefoot around the house or in public places
    • Do not share your shoes with other people
    • Change shoes and socks frequently
    • Dry feet thoroughly after showering
    • Do not wear nail polish
    • Allow your feet to air dry as much as possible
    • Apply a topical fungal nail treatment, such as Naloc, directly on the infected nails

    Onychomychosis can infect people of all ages and ethnicities, but athletes, swimmers, the elderly and people with certain diseases, such as diabetes and psoriasis, are more likely to contract it than a healthy person. It is not completely clear why some people are more susceptible to fungal nail infections than others, but the risk of infection is likely linked to a weakened immune system.

    Sources:

    http://www.villagepodiatrycenters.com/laser-nail/laser-nail-faq.php
    http://nationalnailfungus.org/toenail-fungus-is-contagious/
    http://www.treatmentforonychomycosis.com/is-onychomycosis-contagious/

  • Is nail psoriasis contagious?

    Psoriasis is a common chronic skin disease that can also affect the fingernails and toenails. But is nail psoriasis contagious? The answer is no – you cannot be infected with it by touching somebody that has it. It is not completely known what causes nail psoriasis but your immune system and genetic predisposition affect your chances of developing it. If one of your parents or a sibling has it, you are more likely to have it as well, and if both of your parents have it, your risk increases exponentially. Environmental factors likely play a role as well.

    Nail psoriasis is more common in adults than in children and usually develops in early adulthood, but anybody can have it. The disease occurs just as often in men as in women and affects people of all ethnicities.   

    Classic symptoms of nail psoriasis are pitted, discolored nails that sometimes become thickened or disfigured. Lesions underneath the nail plate can cause the nail to loosen from the skin and fall off. Although there is no cure for nail psoriasis, the symptoms can be improved with the right treatment

    Sources:

    http://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/faqs
    http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/nail-psoriasis

  • How do I use Naloc?

    With Naloc you can treat easily and smoothly, without the need to file the nail. Naloc is applied once a day to the discoloured/deformed nail. Click here for more information.

  • For how long must I treat my nails in order to see results?

    Naloc gives you visibly healthier nails after only 2-4 weeks, but the treatment period is determined by the degree of severity and the extent of the nail’s discolouration/damage. Usually, at least 3–6 months of treatment is required in order to achieve a significant improvement. For best results, the treatment should be continued until a new, healthy nail has grown out.

  • Is there a risk of the tube being contaminated by fungus or bacteria?

    The tube has a valve which prevents solution or other substances from contaminating the contents of the tube.

  • Are there any side-effects or interactions associated with Naloc?

    A slight temporary irritation of adjacent skin as well as discolouration of the nail may occur. In certain cases, parts of the nail may loosen/separate from the underlying nail bed, which occasionally leads to detachment of the affected part of the nail. There are no known interactions with pharmaceutical products.

  • Can I use nail polish during the treatment?

    No, nail polish prevents absorption of Naloc and inhibits the desirable effects.

  • Can Naloc be used when pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Yes, Naloc only works locally.

  • Can children use Naloc?

    As for many other products, there is limited experience regarding use on children. Since no Naloc studies on children have been conducted, we recommend careful use and we encourage consulting a doctor first.

  • How long does a tube of Naloc last?

    The amount needed depends on how many nails are infected and have to be treated but, as a guideline, the tube lasts for approximately 3 months when treating 3 nails.

  • Where can I buy Naloc?

    You can buy Naloc at your local pharmacy.

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Naloc treats nails affected by fungal infection. You can purchase Naloc in pharmacies.

Naloc – Triple acting fungal nail treatment

Naloc is antifungal, reduces discolouration and strengthens and smoothens the outer layers of the nail.

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