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

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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