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can i use over-the-counter medication to combat skin fungal infections?

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Dr. Richard Mizuguchi
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Yes: Most fungal infections of the skin can be treated with an over the counter anti-fungal cream. However, deeper infections, usually affecting the hair follicles or nails, often require oral prescription medications.
Dr. Jason Campbell
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Yes: There are numerous options for otc anti-fungal medical treatments. They will typically be organized and marketed by location on the body such as scalp, body, or feet. Clotrimazole and terbinafine are two common otc anti-fungals. If your rash or infection is not responding to otc treatment, seek medical attention.

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Last updated May 16, 2016

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