Antifungals are used to treat fungal infections that affect the skin, hair, and nails. Some of the common fungal infections are athlete's foot, ringworm, candidiasis, fungal nail infection, severe dandruff, etc. Antifungals are available in topical, oral, intravenous, and intravaginal forms.

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I have ringworm infection for the past seven months. What has to be done?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had ringworm for the past seven months. It comes and goes. I have used many creams tablets. No use. But finally, I found a cream named Valerate-C. It is a very effective cream. If I apply it once at night, it solves the itching problem overnight. The infection also reduces for a ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to take a picture of the lesion and send it to us. The cream you are using is a combination of steroid and antifungal. You may get similar creams everywhere.   Read Full »

How to relieve severe pubic itching?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from severe itching near the pubic area and the skin turned black. Previously, I had pubic lice issue, which was cured using Permethrin lotion. I am currently using Flucort-C cream, but it is not effective. Please suggest some medicine for it. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are suffering from tinea incognito (steroid-masked fungal infection).Steroid is contraindicated in fungal infection and you were using a steroid on it, so you have made the condition worse. Nevertheless, I suggest the following medications. Consult a specialist docto...  Read Full »

I have a fungal infection that has been going on for four years. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a skin problem that has been going on for four years. I think it is a fungal infection. Once I applied Zincoderm and Fluka 100, it got cured totally, but after some months, it started again, and I tried to use Zincoderm and Fluka again, and other anti-fungal medicines also, but not...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Zincoderm (Clobetasol) is a steroid cream not to be used for fungal infections. Kindly upload your picture along with your query. Let me mention some skin care tips to be followed during fungal infection. Wear dry loose cotton clothes, and ...  Read Full »

Can we take vitamin B supplements and antifungal tablets together?

Query: Hi doctor, Can we take vitamin B supplements and antifungal tablets together? Will that react? How to take both medicines? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the information provided on your end, and I do understand your concern. However, there is no problem taking vitamin B supplements and oral antifungal medications together. They do not cause drug interactions and do not react with each other. As per y...  Read Full »

How do I permanently treat fungal infections that do not resolve with oral and topical medications?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been suffering from a fungal infection for the past one year. And I have consulted multiple doctors, but the problem continues. As long as I take medicines, it is fine. But the infection starts again after a few weeks or months once the course of the medication is completed. I have ...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Recurrent fungal infection is due to improper hygiene or excessive sweating. And I suggest you follow a few instructions mentioned below. 1. Maintaining good hygiene will help. 2. Wash your clothes in hot water a...  Read Full »

What can be done for foul odor from toenail?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 85 years old. She is diabetic and blind. She is complaining of foul odor from under her big toe nail. The nail looks like it is normal. What should we do?  Read Full »

Dr. Damanjit Duggal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your mother seems to have paronychia. Paronychia is the infection of the finger or toenail along the edge. It might be a bacterial or fungal infection. Accordingly, she will require a topical antibiotic or antifungal application. If the infection is severe, she might h...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for jock itching in the scrotal area?

Query: Hi doctor,I am suffering from jock itch for two months. Initially, there were well-circumscribed lesions with darker edges and itching on groin folds. Now, the skin has become hard, pigmented and dry with loss of hair. Scrotum and penile shaft also affected and resulted in the loss of rugosities and...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you Luliconazole 1% cream, twice daily for two weeks. In addition, I suggest you take an oral antihistamine such as Cetirizine 10 mg tablet once a day for symptomatic relief from itching. You may also take an oral antifungal such as Itraconazole 100 mg Capsul...  Read Full »

I have balanitis and red spots on the penis even after applying antifungal creams. What causes it?

Query: Hi doctor, I had balanitis and applied Clotrimazole 1 % and got cured fully in a few days. After applying for ten days it got fully cleared. And after masturbating, some red spots appeared on the penis head, applied Beclomin and got cleared them. Again those red spots appeared after masturbating and...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I saw the picture (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). You have balanitis with added allergic contact dermatitis. Please stop using Neosporin and Hydrocortisone cream. Hydrocortisone is a topical corticosteroid that gives temporary relief but does no...  Read Full »

Have taken Flagyl for Bacterial Vaginosis, Still have some itching. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 35-year-old female. I had vaginal discharge. When I took Flagyl for BV, it cleared. So, I do not think it as an STI. Am I right?  Read Full »

Dr. Purushottam Sah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Bacterial vaginosis can occur with or without intercourse and is not considered as STI (sexually transmitted infection). As your bacterial vaginosis got cleared with Flagyl (Metronidazole), you are fine.   Read Full »

I have a ringworm infection in my crotch that is not healing with the current medication. kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a ringworm infection in my crotch. Currently, I am using Terbinafine, Clobetasol, Ofloxacin, and Ornidazole ointment. But I think it is not working. Kindly suggest some medication.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Terbinafine, Clobetasol, Ofloxacin, and Ornidazole ointment is a combination of steroid and antifungals. Please avoid such combination ointment. The steroid will feed the fungus and make it resistant to treatment. Once you stop using that ointment, there will be a flari...  Read Full »

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