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Dr. Tipu Sultan
65 Doctors shared insights

Antifungal Creams (Overview)

Antifungal creams, beneath the barrier ointment or paste, can be very effective if there is a yeast infection in the diaper rash.


Dr. Tipu Sultan
65 Doctors shared insights

Antifungal Creams (Overview)

Antifungal creams, beneath the barrier ointment or paste, can be very effective if there is a yeast infection in the diaper rash.


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Red blisters+rash on head of penis, right side. Herpes/syphilis tests negative. Prescribed antifungal cream/antibiotics. What else could it be?

Red blisters+rash on head of penis, right side. Herpes/syphilis tests negative. Prescribed antifungal cream/antibiotics. What else could it be?

Balanitis: Balanitis is an inflammation of the glans penis (head). It typically occurs in the uncircumcised and causes a bright red rash. It is most often due to a fungus and is treated with topical antifungal creams usually with cortisone type anti-infalmmatory steroid added (eg. Mycolog ii cream).

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I have ringworms on my butt which keeps on spreading. I have used antifungal creams but they were not much of a help. Any cure?

I have ringworms on my butt which keeps on spreading. I have used antifungal creams but they were not much of a help. Any cure?

Wrong diagnosis?: If over the counter creams are not helping you should be seeing a proctologist or dermatologist to evaluate. You may have the wrong diagnosis.

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What the best effective antifungal cream can you recommend to my atheletes foot thanks?

What the best effective antifungal cream can you recommend to my atheletes foot thanks?

Clotrimazole: I find that clotrimazile 1% works well for me; I would just continue using it once a day to prevent recurrence;.

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How do antifungal creams work? Does it starve them and help kill them off?

How do antifungal creams work? Does it starve them and help kill them off?

Cell membrane: Most of the topical antifungals work by inhibiting the synthesis of a chemical called ergosterol that fungi need for their cell membranes. I now that vinegar and baking soda also break up the cell walls of fungi and inhibit growth it takes a while to completely eradicate them so that is why it is recommended to use topicals for 2-4 weeks.

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Safe to use antifungal cream while pregnant?

Safe to use antifungal cream while pregnant?

Generally yes: But before responding definitively would need to know what cream you are using, how often and where and with what dosages.

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Is it dangerous to put antifungal cream on the anus?

NO: Antifungal creams are recommended for external use only. If you have a fungal rash near anus, it is ok to use there. Just not inside the rectum.

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Can u name strong antifungal creams or tablets?

Can u name strong antifungal creams or tablets?

Lamisil/Terbinafine: Terbinafine is a good med and often takes care of those hard to get rid of fungal infections. This medication is rx and can be costly. Depending on where your infection is, will determine how long you have to take the medication. The medication is metabolized through your liver, so best to have a dr. Rx the medication and monitor your progress, good luck.

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Is it possible to combine two antifungal creams?

In theory, yes: This is not usually done, but in theory I suppose you could do it. This suggests to me that you have some problem that will not go away. In that case, I strongly advise you to see a doctor. You may NOT actually be afflicted by a fungus. Or, you may have used a topical steroid which HELPS fungus. So you have to be careful of that. I could see combining 2 creams, but I would separate them in time.

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I have had jock itch for about 3 months can you suggest something I have used many antifungal creams but no relief.

I have had jock itch for about 3 months can you suggest something I have used many antifungal creams but no relief.

Skin condition: After a few rounds of antifungal creams and/or systemic (ie pills) therapy, I would consider an alternative diagnosis, a non-infectious skin condition- ie. psoriasis etc. Good Luck

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I have ringworms on my butt which keeps on spreading. I have used antifungal creams but they were not much of a help. Any cure?

Wrong diagnosis?: If over the counter creams are not helping you should be seeing a proctologist or dermatologist to evaluate. You may have the wrong diagnosis.

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How do antifungal creams work? Does it starve them and help kill them off?

Cell membrane: Most of the topical antifungals work by inhibiting the synthesis of a chemical called ergosterol that fungi need for their cell membranes. I now that vinegar and baking soda also break up the cell walls of fungi and inhibit growth it takes a while to completely eradicate them so that is why it is recommended to use topicals for 2-4 weeks.

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Is there a time limit re: safety when using antifungal creams? My infection is reduced, but it has taken longer than the 2 weeks & is still there.

Is there a time limit re: safety when using antifungal creams? My infection is reduced, but it has taken longer than the 2 weeks & is still there.

No: That is okay. In fact use it for a few more days after it clears. Often times it an recur. If it doesn't clear thee are prescription strength antifungal's that you could also try.

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Are antifungal creams good on herpes sore?

Are antifungal creams good on herpes sore?

Herpes simplex: These creams will not treat the herpes or speed up the healing process, but perhaps by covering the ulcers they will be less tender. Do not use topical Acyclovir as there is evidence that this may promote development of resistance of the virus.

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I've been on antifungal oral meds for ringworm for just over a week and before that tried antifungal creams. Am I still contagios?

I've been on antifungal oral meds for ringworm for just over a week and before that tried antifungal creams. Am I still contagios?

Do you still have: LESIONS???? in EXPOSED areas... If not and provided your clothing has been cleaned/washed you probably are not contagious Hope this helps! Dr Z

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Hi there, I want to ask about itchy plaque in my groin of 5 month duration. I used many antifungal creams and tablets and it recurred again. Thank you?

Hi there, I want to ask about itchy plaque in my groin of 5 month duration. I used many antifungal creams and tablets and it recurred again. Thank you?

Psoriasis vs Eczema: The groin and penis are places where these common skin maladies present themselves. If you are not improving with anti-fungal cream it may very well be that you do not have a fungal infection. Your dermatologist or a good family physician can look at the spot and figure this out for you.

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Is it normal to get athlete's foot all the time? Like multiple times a year? Assuming you take all the correct preventative measures, is there some way to avoid having to use antifungal creams so often?

Is it normal to get athlete's foot all the time? Like multiple times a year? Assuming you take all the correct preventative measures, is there some way to avoid having to use antifungal creams so often?

Possibly: Athlete's foot is also called Tinea Pedis. It can reoccur quite frequently if the foot is kept moist (sweat). There also may be colonization of your footwear. First, ask your doctor to confirm with scrapings of the rash/lesions that it is Tinea Pedis and not another fungal infection like Candida. Also, treatment may require 1-6 weeks so many times it is inappropriately treated and reoccurs

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Hi, my son has ring worm on neck and scalp. I have tried topical antifungal creams, but the ring worms came back.

Hi, my son has ring worm on neck and scalp. I have tried topical antifungal creams, but the ring worms came back.

Scalp needs more: Topical agents can never get to the root of hair that is infected with such a fungus.You need to see your kids doc and let them confirm the problem and prescribe a med that will actually reach/kill the fungus.

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