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 am having a fungal infection in my foot for the last three to four months. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor,I am in the fifth decade of my life, and I have been suffering from a fungal infection in my foot for the last three to four months.   Read Full »

Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hi,Welcome to advise you on the following:1) Keep the foot clean and dry.2) Avoid contact with detergents or soaps.3) Mix Ketoconazole 2% ointment and Salicylic Acid 24 % ointment and apply to the affected area twice a day for one month.4) Moisturise the whole foot with a urea-based mo...  Read Full »

What is the reason for rash, red spots, and irritation on the head of my penis?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had this rash, red spots, and skin irritation on the head of my penis for three months. It seems to get worse when I masturbate. I have not masturbated in a week, and it looks better, but still, I feel a little tender. I also work out a lot with tight briefs. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Meena

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern. Yes, it looks like candidal balanoposthitis, a superficial fungal infection caused by candida albicans (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It is characterized by tiny red papules, sometimes yellowish. They lead to mild super...  Read Full »

How to treat oral thrush causing severe symptoms inside the mouth?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from oral thrush, and my symptoms are whitish tongue and upper part of the mouth, damaged taste buds, unpleasant taste in the mouth, and a reddish area around the tonsils. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Suresh Kulkarni

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Depending upon your description of the problem, it is most likely oral thrush or candidiasis. You have to investigate and confirm that if it is secondary to a fungal infection or bacterial infection. You need to get a throat or an oral swab and culture. If c...  Read Full »

Can Hydrozole be used for jock itch?

Query: Hi doctor, I had jock itch two months ago for the very first time. It is still there but fading. I started using Hydrozole cream two weeks ago, it seems to be working. How long it would take for a complete cure? After using this cream I fell some itch in legs. Now the groin skin appears red and ver...  Read Full »

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Hydrozole (combination of Hydrocortisone and Clotrimazole) cream contains steroid and should not be used as a treatment for jock itch (fungal infection of the groin). You will experience temporary relief while using it but your condition will aggravate once you stop us...  Read Full »

How can I get rid of the eczema on my buttock that I have had for the past six months?

Query: Hi doctor,I have got eczema for the past six months, and it is increasing day by day. Before, it was on my buttock. But, suddenly, my stomach was itchy, and I got it there also. I have used many topical creams like Dexanol, Daktacort hydrocortisone. It seems to go away but comes back severe. It flar...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Meena

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern. The condition you have mentioned is not eczema. It is a superficial skin infection known as tinea corporis or dermatophytosis. It can affect your groin, buttocks, or any area of the skin and nails. I suggest you stop using steroid creams that y...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from balanitis for more than two years. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 28 year old male, and I have been suffering from balanitis for more than two years. I have itching under my foreskin of the penis and very small red bubbles on the penis head. Initially, I had pain in the groins, but now there is no pain. I do not have pain on urination and no flu...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Balanitis is a common issue in young males. It can be due to multiple factors such as a fungal infection like candida, viral infections, irritant contact dermatitis to soaps, or use of condoms. Panderm (Clobetasol) has already been banned in few countries. It is a mixtu...  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 mig...  Read Full »

Please suggest treatment for candidal balanitis.

Query: Hi, I am suffering from balanitis since last month. I am using an antifungal cream (candid B) to avoid it. Till the time I use antifungal cream all rashes/infection disapper, but once I stop applying the cream all symptoms start again.  Sympoms are: Red skin around head of penis and itchiness aft...  Read Full »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Have you ever been diagnosed by a doctor because balanitis has several other causes as well and fungal infection is one of them. Get a fasting and post prandial blood sugar done and please send me a few details: Have you noticed any swellings in your groin area ? Do you ...  Read Full »

What are the symptoms of vaginitis and how can it be cured?

Query: Hello, What are the symtoms of vaginitis and how can it be cured?  Read Full »

Dr. Sabita Laskar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to most common symptoms of vaginitis will be itching and white discharge. In case of bacterial infection, the discharge will be yellowish or greenish and in case of fungal infection it will be curd like discharge. It is quite simple to cure. You need to get the res...  Read Full »

Taking Ketoconazole for minor penile fracture, causing anxiety disorder, Is there any treatment?

Query: Dear Doctor, I had a minor penile fracture and the doctor recommended Ketoconazole to stop erection. But I am suffering from anxiety disorder and I have heard that one of the side effects of Ketoconazole is depression. Will this medicine add to my anxiety? Should I continue to take this medicine? P...  Read Full »

Dr. E Venkata Ramana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Ketoconazole is an anti fungal drug. It is used to treat various fungal infections. Your doctor might have prescribed this drug because it causes less interest in sex and so that the erection can be prevented because of the action of the drug. And yes, dep...  Read Full »

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