Chemical avulsion with urea nail lacquer

R. Baran, A. Tosti

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BACKGROUND: Among the therapeutic possibilities for onychomycosis, chemical nail avulsion is a logical approach to the eradication of the pathogen. METHODS: A new formulation was used as a nail lacquer containing 40% urea in a film-forming solution in 10 patients presenting with onychomycosis. The urea nail lacquer was applied with a brush twice a day for 1 week by the patient and for a further week in two patients presenting total dystrophic onychomycosis. RESULTS: This transungual delivery system weakens the nail plate/nail bed attachment in the diseased area. CONCLUSION: The urea nail lacquer is comfortable for the patient and allows easy removal of the affected part of the fungal nail plate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-164
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Dermatological Treatment
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Chemical avulsion
  • Onychomycosis
  • Transungual drug delivery system
  • Treatment
  • Urea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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