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Can I use over-the-counter medication to combat skin fungal infections?

Can I use over-the-counter medication to combat skin fungal infections?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Dugan
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Fungal Infection (Definition)

Fungal infections are clinical conditions in which a person has an infection due to a pathogen called a fungus (in contrast to infections caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites). Fungal infections occur commonly on the skin (including Jock Itch and Athlete's Foot) and can also cause more serious infections in those ...Read more


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Any over-the-counter help for someone with fungal infection?

Any over-the-counter help for someone with fungal infection?

Tinactin (tolnaftate): Tinactin (tolnaftate) is an over the counter med that does quite well on most superficial skin fungus issues.Used twice daily it usually takes a week or so to show good progress if its not a fungus it is unlikely to do harm. ...Read more

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I have a fungal infection on my groin what would be a good over-the-counter medicine?

I have a fungal infection on my groin what would be a good over-the-counter medicine?

Cut out sugar first: Before trying to cover up the infection, take care of the cause first. It's probably candida so cut out sugar and carbs and you should feel relief within a few days. ...Read more

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My skin is peeling off b/w by thumb & index finger. It was diagonised as a simple fungal infection but the medication is not working. Cause please.

My skin is peeling off b/w by thumb & index finger. It was diagonised as a simple fungal infection but the medication is not working. Cause please.

Skin peeling: Could be fungal versus dermatitis ( allergic) vs eczema Some cremes( lotrisone (clotrimazole and betamethasone) in US) contain anti-fungal and steroid which would treat both issues. Also check what your hands are in contact with if caustic chemicals may be contact dermatitis and need the steroids , lotion and gloves as well to protect. rarely psoriasis ( should respond to steroid a bit) f/u with doc ...Read more

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Hi:what can I do to stop my toes from hurting, and clear up a fungal infection to them? I have a fungal infection on my toes, and peeling skin in between one toe. My toes hurt, even to wearing socks. My doctor said that the commen medication is very sever

If : If you have fungal infection between the toes (commonly known as tinea pedis), treatment with antifungal powders (available otc) combined with topical antifungal creams such as terbinafine cream can be helpful. They are well tolerated and help in most instances. If that doesn't help, consider a visit to a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment options. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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What medications are good for fingernail fungal infections?

What medications are good for fingernail fungal infections?

Fungus of nails: Sopranex , but it is ver expensive and has undesirable side effects. In general, a fungus of the nais is very difficult to treat. Your best bet is to be under the care of a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What medications are there for fingernail fungal infections?

What medications are there for fingernail fungal infections?

Long term therapy: Most medications for the treatment of fungal disease of the nails are very expensive and most insurance companies require prior authorization. T repayment is also long term. Therefore i suggest you see a dermatologist because you will need long term therapy for a cure. ...Read more

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Does a fungal infection in the buttocks that have been persistent for 3-4 years sound alarming? Medication suggestions would be great.

Does a fungal infection in the buttocks that have been persistent for 3-4 years sound alarming? Medication suggestions would be great.

Butt Rash: Yes, having a fungal infection for one year is alarming. One has to determine if you have a fungal infection or a yeast infection as the oral medications are different for each infection. You may not have a yeast or fungal infection but a contact dermatitis which is a type of allergic reaction to something that comes in contact with your skin. See your dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more