How to Treat Skin Fungus

Remember, the normal nail will have to grow the infected nail off the body. If the treatment is missed, for even one dose, the nail that grew that day may not be resistant to the fungus and the fungus can jump from the infected nail that is still present into the healthy (but not resistant) nail. If that happens, infected nail will be seen at the base in a few months (when it has grown out enough to be seen) and the treatment will have to be continued until THAT infected nail tissue is grown off the body.

Tinea infections can be treated by a variety of different medications. For tinea pedis, cruris, and corporis, creams such as Lamisil-AT and Micatin AF can be bought over the counter at a pharmacy. Prescription creams are stronger, faster and require fewer applications. Sometimes oral medications are necessary. These are very effective, and include griseofulvin (Grispeg, Fulvicin), Lamisil (terbinafine), Sporonox (itraconazole), and Diflucan (fluconazole). Tinea capitis, tinea unguium and chronic tinea pedis are difficult to eradicate completely and require oral.

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The topical creams and ointments can only treat, remedy or cure what is outside, or on top of, the nail – not the athletes foot fungus, toenail, fingernail fungus or foot fungus under the nail. The pills, such as Lamisil or Sporanox, do get inside the body; however there can be serious side effects and can wreak havoc on your entire system.

Anti-fungal drugs, such as amphotericin B, itraconazole, and ketoconazole, are the usual treatments. Anti-fungals may be given intravenously depending on the form or stage of disease. In some cases, long-term treatment with anti-fungal drugs may be used.

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Since most fungal skin infections are surface infections, antifungal treatments are usually applied directly to the skin in the infected area (topical treatments). There are a variety of treatments available in the form of creams, lotions and medicated powders. If the rash covers quite a large area of skin, or affects the nails or scalp, then tablets may be required. Some treatments are available over-the-counter from a pharmacist, without a prescription. For example, sprays are available for treating athletes foot. Ask your pharmacist for advice. Stronger forms of topical treatments and antifungals in tablet form are only available on prescription. You may also be prescribed antifungal shampoo for scalp infections.

Ointments (such as petroleum jelly) are oily and contain very little water. They are messy, greasy, and difficult to wash off. Ointments are most appropriate when the skin needs lubrication or moisture. Ointments are usually better than creams at delivering active ingredients into the skin. A given concentration of a drug is more potent in an ointment than in a cream. Ointments are less irritating than creams and much less irritating than gels, lotions, and solutions for open wounds such as erosions or ulcers.