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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). ...Read more

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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;. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What to do if I have inflammation looking like pimples around my genitals and have used antifungal creams for several months?

What to do if I have inflammation looking like pimples around my genitals and have used antifungal creams for several months?

Medical Assessment: Whatever you are doing sounds ineffective. Since the case of these lesions is not known - would recommend that this be evaluated for correct diagnosis at this point. ...Read more

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I have a reddish scrotum with burning and itching. The groin area which touches the scrotum is pale, hairless. Antifungal creams don't help. Problem?

I have a reddish scrotum with burning and itching. The groin area which touches the scrotum is pale, hairless. Antifungal creams don't help. Problem?

Jock Itch: See your primary care physician for further evaluation and treatment. You may need an oral medication and/or different cream or powder. ...Read more

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I have ringworms everywhere. Well on my butt, forearms, thighs, and under my knees. They been here for 2 months! I tried lotrimin (clotrimazole) af, other antifungal creams, acv, alcohol, bleach but nothing is really working! ?

I have ringworms everywhere. Well on my butt, forearms, thighs, and under my knees. They been here for 2 months! I tried lotrimin (clotrimazole) af, other antifungal creams, acv, alcohol, bleach but nothing is really working! ?

Rash: Chances are that it is not ringworm. There are other conditions such as lupus, seborrhea, contact dermatitis, erythema migrans, pitryasis, psoarisis and tinea versicolor to name a few. Please go see a dermatologist and get it looked at. ...Read more

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My scrotum is frequently itchy. I have had this for 10 years. Skin in the area is red and shiny. I have tried hydrocortisone and antifungal creams.?

My scrotum is frequently itchy. I have had this for 10 years. Skin in the area is red and shiny. I have tried hydrocortisone and antifungal creams.?

Need to resist irrit: Likely the skin in that region is extremely irritated. Skin can heal itself. But it requires the source of irritation to be removed first. If it is infected than antibacterial and antifungal treatments work. But if it is irritated due to trauma (scratching), then the trauma must stop. This will take a lot of will power to resist scratching. Also try using boxers and trimming (not shave) hair. ...Read more

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I have dermatitis the fungal infection and won't go away with the antifungal creams I was given. What is the be best otc med (preferably oral form)?

I have dermatitis the fungal infection and won't go away with the antifungal creams I was given. What is the be best otc med (preferably oral form)?

Diagnosis: I would begin with making sure the diagnosis is correct. It may not be a fungal infection if you are not getting better. I recommend having it reevaluated. ...Read more

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What is the best antifungal cream for ringworms?

Ask pharmacist: I am not aware of what is available in your area.
Best to ask pharmacist and get answer of what is available. ...Read more

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What to do if I have jock itch what's the best secret to battle it. I use antifungal cream, goldbond. Etc. Need more info. Any ho?

See your doctor: If you are still having problems after using OTC medication then it's time to see your doctor ...Read more