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 I 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-ba...  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 »

Please suggest a medicine for fungal infection of the toe.

Query: Hello doctor, There is a fungal infection between my toes. My doctor advised me to apply a Bifonazole cream. But, it is not showing any result. My wife having the same problem last month, applied Salactin paint and it got cured in just four days. So, can I apply the same cream too?  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You seem to have digital intertrigo. Continue the application of antifungal cream which you have. Also, Salactin paint (a combination of Salicylic acid and Lactic acid) can be applied at bedtime. Still, if there is no response, then visit a dermatologist so that ...  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 appear on the penis head, applied Beclomin and got cleared them. Again those red spots appeared after masturbating and it...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi,Welcome to 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 not cure...  Read Full »

I am a 17-year-old boy suffering from a ringworm fungal infection under the thigh and a small spot in the mouth for one month. Kindly suggest a treatment.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 17-year-old boy suffering from a ringworm fungal infection under the thigh and a small spot in the mouth for one month. Kindly suggest a treatment.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per the history provided, Tinea corporis or ringworm infection as you have mentioned appears due to fungal infection of any area in the body due to multiple factors including contact with an infected person, sharing belongings with an infected person, excess sweat...  Read Full »

I am taking Candiforce 100 mg and Lecope 5 mg for ringworm infection, which is working fine. How long should I take them?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been suffering from a ringworm infection for the past three months. I had used many creams for it, but it was ineffective. So now I am using Candiforce 100 mg capsule and Lecope 5 mg, which is working fine for the ringworm infection. Can I continue this treatment or not?Thank you...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Candiforce capsule is an antifungal medication that contains Itraconazole, and it is the right treatment for ringworm. Along with that, use topical Sertaconazole antifungal cream. You can apply the cream to the affected area two times a day (consult your specialist do...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for ringworm?

Query: Hi doctor, I have ringworm on the thighs, arms and chest for four months. When I used Fourderm, it was fine for two weeks. But again, it came back. I have not taken any oral medicines yet. I am on BP medicine Stamlo Beta. My age is 59 years.  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Dermatophytosis or ringworm infection is caused by fungi that invade and grow in dead keratin. Tinea corporis is the fungal infection of body, including trunk and arms. Risk factors for recurrent fungal infections include any immunocompromised state like diabetes. Ha...  Read Full »

How to cure the appearance of a pigmented line in my fourth toenail?

Query: Hi doctor, I have got a pigmented line in my fourth toenail. It started as a freckle that was tan in color quite quickly over in four or five months it has turned darker. It is not growing out but spreading in width. The bottom left part of my skin and cuticle area is very itchy at times and it fee...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have examined the submitted details and will do my best to help you overcome the problem. Close examination shows the dark band appearance that is often seen in individuals who get an infection due to a fungus. To most of my clinic patients, I suggest tablet Flucona...  Read Full »

What medicine can treat acne scars on my upper back?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old male. For no reason, my upper back has formed acne in the back of my shoulders and in the mid-upper back. I tried Benzoyl wash, Vanoxide Topical, and Doxycycline. There was no success. I am now using Hibiclens foam wash, Clindamycin and Benzoyl foam, and a Sulfametho...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Perhaps it is Pityrosporum folliculitis. It is usually itchy and favors the back, and looks similar to acne.Do they itch in your case?Pityrosporum folliculitis would require oral antifungals. Anyways acne that is unresponsive to usual antiacne medications, oral and top...  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 Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I 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...  Read Full »

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