Fungal nail infection - FAQ

Is this product suitable for use by diabetics?
Excilor® physically impedes the growth of nail fungi (dermatophytes) by reducing the pH value of the nail (making it more acidic). It is recommend that diabetics with foot problems consult their doctor before starting to use Excilor® nail fungus treatment. This is not a pharmacological effect, so there are no contraindications for diabetics. A combination of acidic substances penetrates the nail, creating an environment that is hostile to dermatophytes (the fungi responsible for mycosis). The action is localised and targeted.
My nail has a fungal nail infection. How long will it take to eliminate the fungus?
As explained on the packaging, the product should be applied to the affected nail(s) twice a day until the nail has grown back as a normal, healthy nail. By then the patches and/or spots should have disappeared or the nail is no longer thickened or brittle.

A nail only grows about 1.5 mm a month. Excilor® not only makes the white/yellow patches on your nail disappear, more importantly, it gets rid of the actual microorganisms (the dermatophytes, or fungi) which live under your fingernail or toenail. It can take several weeks to make all the microorganisms disappear. Meanwhile the healthy nail grows back and if you regularly trim the nail using nail clippers, the discolouration will gradually vanish.

Apply to the affected area twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening. For best results, treat the infected area for a minimum of three months. It is best to continue the course of treatment until the nail has recovered completely.
Is this product suitable for use during pregnancy?
No clinical data is available on the use of this product during pregnancy.
Is this product suitable for use by children?
No clinical data is available on the use of this product for children.
My child put the Excilor® product in his/her mouth. What should I do?
The product's contents are not toxic but may irritate the mucous lining of the eyes, nose and mouth. Given that Excilor® has a bitter taste, your child is unlikely to swallow or ingest it deliberately. If the product comes into contact with the eyes or inside of the mouth, rinse them out using plenty of water.
The instructions advised me to 'clean the nail and remove any traces of nail polish' before each application. Can I simply clean the nail with soap and water, or should I always use nail polish remover?
You only have to use nail polish remover if the nail is covered with nail polish. If Excilor® is used on nail polish, it can partially dissolve the nail polish – this in turn contaminates the product so it no longer works properly. What’s more, Excilor® is unable to penetrate nail polish as effectively. That’s why you should use nail polish remover to remove any nail polish – so the Excilor® product can penetrate the nail properly and reach the infected area.
Where can I buy Excilor® products?
Excilor is available at pharmacies and selected retail outlets in South Africa. Order online.