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Tinactin (Overview)

Tinactin is a topical anti-fungus agent which is a kind of anti-fungal drug (antibiotic and antimicrobial).


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I got an allergic reaction to using athlete's foot spray by getting tinactin (tolnaftate). What should I do?

I got an allergic reaction to using athlete's foot spray by getting tinactin (tolnaftate). What should I do?

Steroid creams: Clean the tinactin (tolnaftate) off. A steroid cream will help reduce the allergic reaction. Anti-histamines will decrease the itch and redness from the reaction. ...Read more

Tinactin (Overview)

Tinactin is a topical anti-fungus agent which is a kind of anti-fungal drug (antibiotic and antimicrobial).


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I've had jock itch for awhile now will tinactin (tolnaftate) spray work?

I've had jock itch for awhile now will tinactin (tolnaftate) spray work?

Yes: Tninactin (tolnaftate) is a good treatment for jock itch, whether used as a spray, powder or cream. ...Read more

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Laser toenail treatment didn't work for my toe nail fungus also loprox tinactin (tolnaftate) and others didn't work. Will Lamisil work if prescribed?

Laser toenail treatment didn't work for my toe nail fungus also loprox tinactin (tolnaftate) and others didn't work. Will Lamisil work if prescribed?

Toenail mycosis: It is difficult to treat fungal infections of the toenails. If the medications failed, you might have to have the toenail removed to adequately treat the area. Lamisil (terbinafine) may work, so see a podiatrist for the prescription and advice. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use tinactin (tolnaftate) while on prednisone?

Is it ok to use tinactin (tolnaftate) while on prednisone?

Yes: There is no problem using these 2 meds at the same time. ...Read more

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Can I treat yeast infection through tinactin, (tolnaftate) also used for athletic's foot?

Can I treat yeast infection through tinactin, (tolnaftate) also used for athletic's foot?

Yeast where?: Although tinactin (tolnaftate) tends to work on yeast infections as well as fungal ones, it's not meant for areas other than the skin. If you think you have a yeast infection elsewhere (like a vaginitis), I would not apply tinactin (tolnaftate) there. There are better and more specific products out there to deal with that, and the best advice would come from your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Is tinactin (tolnaftate) effective in treating athletes foot that has spread to the hands?

Is tinactin (tolnaftate) effective in treating athletes foot that has spread to the hands?

Athlete's foot: If it is in fact fungal in origin the answer is yes. However, most often we see what is called an "id" reaction in the hands when athlete's foot is present. This is short for idiosyncratic and is generally not fungal in origin. ...Read more

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Can tinactin (tolnaftate) help relieve sunburn pain?

Can tinactin (tolnaftate) help relieve sunburn pain?

Not specifically: This is an antifungal but not a pain reliever or sunburn reliever. The cream of the tinactin (tolnaftate) might give you some comfort but there are better options. ...Read more

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Is tolnaftate safe to use on the scalp?

Is tolnaftate safe to use on the scalp?

Yes: Topical tolnaftate is used to treat skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm and is also used to treat infections of the nails, scalp, palms, and soles of the feet. It is safe. ...Read more

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What is better Lamisil or tinactin (tolnaftate)?

Lamisil & Tinactin (tolnaftate): Lamisil is more effective for fungal infections than tinactin (tolnaftate) but not for yeast infections. ...Read more

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Why does tinactin (tolnaftate) work on a neck rash?

Why does tinactin (tolnaftate) work on a neck rash?

A fungus infection: Tinactin (tolnaftate) works on fungal infections usually the tinea type. ...Read more

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I've had jock itch for awhile now will tinactin (tolnaftate) spray work?

Yes: Tninactin (tolnaftate) is a good treatment for jock itch, whether used as a spray, powder or cream. ...Read more

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How to I find the real culprit of ringworm. There are a few variables but someone also has moved in with us. Possibly from the towel or tinactin (tolnaftate) usage?

Ringworm: Ringworm often spreads by direct, skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. You can contract ringworm by touching an animal with ringworm. Ringworm can spread by contact with objects or surfaces that an infected person or animal has recently touched or rubbed against, such as clothing, towels, bedding and linens, combs, and brushes. Ringworm can also be spread to humans by contact with soil. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use tinactin (tolnaftate) while on prednisone?

Yes: There is no problem using these 2 meds at the same time. ...Read more

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Is tinactin (tolnaftate) a cure for anal fissures?

Is tinactin (tolnaftate) a cure for anal fissures?

No: Tinactin (tolnaftate) is for fungal infections. It won't treat anal fissures, though it may keep them free of fungus! ...Read more

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Clotrimazole or tolnaftate for jock itch?

Clotrimazole or tolnaftate for jock itch?

Lamisil (terbinafine) spray/cream: Whereas the other two just keep the fungus from spreading (known as a fungualstatic medication), Lamisil (terbinafine) is actually a fungualcidal medication. Spend the extra money on Lamisil (terbinafine) and make definitive progress. ...Read more

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Does tinactin (tolnaftate) foot spray work?

Does tinactin (tolnaftate) foot spray work?

Lamisil (terbinafine): Tinactin (tolnaftate) and lotrimine are both fungualstatic medication so they keep it from reproducing but Lamisil is actually a fungualcidal medication, actually killing the fungus. Lamisil medication was a prescription medication 15 years ago. Spend the extra money and make progress without question. ...Read more

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Desonex or tinactin (tolnaftate) better for foot peeling and itch?

Desonex or tinactin (tolnaftate) better for foot peeling and itch?

Tinactin (tolnaftate): If you have a fungal infection of the skin, my favorite antifungal topically is lamisil (terbinafine). Most topical antifungals will work if used as instructed. Dr l. ...Read more

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What's a good anti fungal cream for the penis? Would tinactin (tolnaftate) work?

What's a good anti fungal cream for the penis? Would tinactin (tolnaftate) work?

Yes: It is possible tor tinactin (tolnaftate) to work for a susceptible organism. The questions is always "is the organism susceptible"? ...Read more

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Can I combine Lamisil (terbinafine) cream and tolnaftate powder for athelete s foot?

Can I combine Lamisil (terbinafine) cream and tolnaftate powder for athelete s foot?

Yes: Using two different medicines for athlete's foot is acceptable. Use one in the am, perhaps the powder to help keep feet dry during the day, and one at night, such as the Lamisil (terbinafine) cream. Faithful use of topical twice daily meds for at least 3 weeks is key to eliminating fungus. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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For how long does it take tinactin (tolnaftate) athlete's foot spray to start working?

1-2 weeks: If you are not seeing any improvement with tinactin (tolnaftate) in 1-2 weeks, you should consider another antifungal medication such as Lamisil at, lotrimin (or generic equivalent). You should use the topical medication for approx. 4 weeks to be most effective. If severe, use of an oral antifungal is very effective. You would need to see your physician for this. ...Read more

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Is tinactin (tolnaftate) effective in treating athletes foot that has spread to the hands?

Athlete's foot: If it is in fact fungal in origin the answer is yes. However, most often we see what is called an "id" reaction in the hands when athlete's foot is present. This is short for idiosyncratic and is generally not fungal in origin. ...Read more

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When you use tinactin (tolnaftate) cream for athlete's foot, what do the directions mean by "pay special attention to spaces between toes"?

When you use tinactin (tolnaftate) cream for athlete's foot, what do the directions mean by "pay special attention to spaces between toes"?

Do not apply: Don't apply the cream to in between your toes. If you do, make sure you rub them in really well. Creams, moisturize. Increase in moisture leads to maceration in between toes and then increase in fungal infection. I would apply the cream only to my feet and Tinactin (tolnaftate) spray in between my toes. ...Read more

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What is the most effective OTC medication for jock itch? Tinactin, (tolnaftate) lamasil, lotramin ultra? Can I put gold bond powder on right after the cream?

What is the most effective OTC medication for jock itch? Tinactin, (tolnaftate) lamasil, lotramin ultra? Can I put gold bond powder on right after the cream?

They are: All effective medications. Some will work better on some people and vice a versa.
Be careful with some of the powders, some have ingredients that help fungus flourish. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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