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Doctor insights on: Zinc Pyrithione For Athlete's Foot

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Does desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) work to treat athletes foot?

Does desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) work to treat athletes foot?

Desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) =Zn oxide: Desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) is used for diaper rash, its ingredient = zinc oxide, is not an antifungal. Since athlete's foot (tinea pedis) is caused by a fungus in the skin of the feet, u get better results if using an antifungal topical-- cream, ointment, powder or spray--. Common otc topical agents are terbinafine (lamisil), azoles: ketocon (nizoral), clotrim (lotrimin), flucon (mycocide) & tolnaftate (tinactin). ...Read more

Dr. Jordan Steinberg
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Athletes foot from swimming pool. How fast does desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) work?

Athletes foot from swimming pool. How fast does desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) work?

Why desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream)?: There are much better antifungal products to use. Try lotrimin ultra or Lamisil cream. Either should clear it up a lot faster than desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) (which is mostly zinc oxide). ...Read more

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Can salt water interact with pyrithione zinc?

Can salt water interact with pyrithione zinc?

Probably not: It has a low solubility in water. If not ionized it probably is not affected by sea water. ...Read more

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Applying pyrithione zinc in a short period of time in the same day can be harmful?

Applying pyrithione zinc in a short period of time in the same day can be harmful?

Clarify: Not certain I understand your question. Are you asking if it can be applied shortly after something impacted skin - such as getting a sunburn. Or are you asking if it can be reapplied multiple times? Please resubmit and clarify what the question is and what condition is being treated. Thanks. ...Read more

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Is applying pyrithione zinc after redness on the face, because of the sun, a bad idea?

Is applying pyrithione zinc after redness on the face, because of the sun, a bad idea?

Zinc pyrithione: Is a zinc complex that inhibits both fungal and bacterial growth. It is principally used as an ingredient in anti-dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis preparations. I don't think it would be of particular help in sunburn...in fact, it is possible it might aggravate an already inflamed skin. I wouldn't use it as a treatment for sun burn. Stay well:) ...Read more

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Can pyrithione zinc topical cream interact with paracetamol or brufen (oral)?

Can pyrithione zinc topical cream interact with paracetamol or brufen (oral)?

No. Zinc is a: Barrier to absorption of anything on the skin and isn't absorbed into the bloodstream. Even if it were, it would not interact with common OTC pain meds. ...Read more

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I have put pyrithione zinc cream near my mouth, then I ate something...possible harm if contact with the cream?

I have put pyrithione zinc cream near my mouth, then I ate something...possible harm if contact with the cream?

Highly unlikely: Any medications transferred into oral cavity at such small amounts should not pose any major issues. If it is a dangerous drug then it shouldn't be applied around the mouth anyway ...Read more

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Can a spoiled topical cream like pyrithione zinc cause harm to my skin or hair follicles?

Can a spoiled topical cream like pyrithione zinc cause harm to my skin or hair follicles?

Spoiled cream: I would not use a spoiled cream in any manner, it should be thrown out. It may have fungus/ bacteria and the skin is porous and can get infected ...Read more

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I have seborrheic dermatitis, can going to the pool be a problem for my skin problem? Can the water of the pool interact with pyrithione zinc?

I have seborrheic dermatitis, can going to the pool be a problem for my skin problem? Can the water of the pool interact with pyrithione zinc?

Enjoy your swim: It won't be a problem. There is also a LOT you can use for seborrheic dermatitis beside pyrethone zinc. Old-fashioned sulfer, old-fashioned coal tar, ketoconazole shampoo, and many others are available. The pool water may actually be of some mild benefit. ...Read more

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Scalp itch, boils for past 5 yrs. Doc advised Pyrithione Zinc Shampoo. Fine for half a day after shampooing. Scalp itch returns after that. Diff Diag?

Scalp itch, boils for past 5 yrs. Doc advised Pyrithione Zinc Shampoo. Fine for half a day after shampooing. Scalp itch returns after that. Diff Diag?

Scalp Itch: Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting areas of the head and trunk where sebaceous glands are most prominent. Lipophilic yeasts of the Malassezia genus, as well as genetic, environmental and general health factors, contribute to this disorder. You can try prescription Clobetasol Lotion twice a day for itching of the scalp. ...Read more

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Cat from animal shelter brought home ringworm & gave it to my rabbit. Would pyrithione zinc shampoo help prevent me from getting it on my head?

Cat from animal shelter brought home ringworm & gave it to my rabbit. Would pyrithione zinc shampoo help prevent me from getting it on my head?

Good hygiene: Good hygiene in general may prevent an infection, but dandruff shampoos may not provide any particular benefit. If you do develop an infection of the scalp, topical treatment will not work - you would require an oral therapy to clear the infection from the hair follicles. ...Read more

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Folliculitis. Prescribed 1 week of vibramycin, also tried tea tree oil, t-gel, t-sal, pyrithione zinc, and Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoos over a few months w/ no improvement. What other solutions are out there?

Folliculitis. Prescribed 1 week of vibramycin, also tried tea tree oil, t-gel, t-sal, pyrithione zinc, and Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoos over a few months w/ no improvement. What other solutions are out there?

Folliculitis: Recurrent folliculitis may be csused by a staph infection. Apply an antibiotic ointment to your nostrils 4 times daily. Take baths in warm soapy water with 3-4 tbls of bleach added to the water twice daily. Ask your doctor for another antibiotic specific for staph. The use of the antibiotic ointment should cut down on reinfecting yourself, *. ...Read more

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Can I do pe with athletes foot?

Can I do pe with athletes foot?

Athletes foot: Yes as long as not very painful and you are not having contact sports where the area can touch other children ...Read more

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What does athletes foot look like?

What does athletes foot look like?

Rash: A peeling itchy rash on the feet, between the toes and arch of the foot. ...Read more

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Can athletes foot go away on its own?

Can athletes foot go away on its own?

Rarely.: Athletes foot is a fungal infection of the skin of the feet. It is very common and often becomes chronic spreading to the toenails.
If 2 weeks of over the counter remedies are not working, see a podiatrist. Keep feet clean and dry, especially between toes. ...Read more

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What is a good way to cure athletes foot?

What is a good way to cure athletes foot?

Topical Antifungal: Athlete's foot responds well to topical treatment, many of which can be procured over the counter. It is important that you apply the medication twice daily to clean and dry feet. Because you mention between the toe, apply a thin sparingly layer to these areas and allow them to dry well before putting on socks and shoes. Ask your pharmacist to direct you to the topical athlete's foot creams. ...Read more

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What is a good way to cure athletes foot?

What is a good way to cure athletes foot?

Topical antifungal: Cream...Often the prescription kind is better than the over the counter. Keep feet clean and dry, especially between the toes; avoid wearing the same shoes two days in a row, the shoes may need to be treated as well; socks should be the kind that wicks perspiration, cotton isn't as good. Those are the best general measures, but it is a challenge nevertheless. ...Read more

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What should I do to take care of athletes foot?

What should I do to take care of athletes foot?

Not so simple: Ventillate feet. Get air & light on feet. Do not worry about public places! Do not wear sox in bed. Otc antifungal cream for a long time & expect to use again. Maybe use forever. Look for generics to save money: miconazole, clotrimazole, ketoconazole, terbinafine are usually found easily. If you fail to see a dramatic improvement after a week, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have symptoms of athletes foot?

How do I know if I have symptoms of athletes foot?

See below.: Itching, scaling, skin peeling, soreness are typical symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you help? Could rubbing achohol cure athletes foot?

Can you help? Could rubbing achohol cure athletes foot?

No: Athletes foot is a fungal infection of the skin of the feet and requires an anti fungal to cure it. ...Read more

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Please describe the most effective athletes foot medication?

Please describe the most effective athletes foot medication?

Athletes foot meds: The most effective medication for athletes foot is an anti fungal that is both bacteriocidal and bacteriostatic. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Athlete's Foot (Definition)

Also known as tinea pedis, this is a fungal infection of the skin of the feet. It is usually seen as red, itchy skin between the toes and ...Read more