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

Q. What is the treatment for chronic fungal infection?

Answered by
Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 13, 2023 and last reviewed on: May 17, 2023

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 nothing happened. None of the treatment is not working on me. Please advise.




Welcome to icliniq.com.

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.

  1. Wear dry loose cotton clothes, and find inner garments that are 100 % pure cotton. Use fans or air conditioners at night to keep the affected part well-ventilated.
  2. Take a bath twice a day, and always use lukewarm water. Avoid using boiling water to take a bath. Hot water favors fungal growth in the body. Wash the affected parts with cold water once you are done taking a bath. Always use a fresh dry towel to wipe off water from the body. Make sure skin folds are dry before wearing clothes.
  3. Use antifungal dusting powders for your skin folds such as underarms, thigh folds, below breasts, and between the toes.
  4. Wash your clothes, and towel, bedspread using hot water and dry them in good sunlight.
  5. Eat healthy food, and keep your body weight ideal for your height because being overweight and having poor nourishment lead to reduced immunity which increases the chances of getting a fungal infection.
  6. If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar level frequently and make sure your blood sugars are within the normal range because uncontrolled blood sugar is a risk factor for fungal infection.
  7. Ask if any of your family members have a similar fungal infection. If so, encourage them to take treatment.
  8. Check your pet animals for rashes. If there are any, take them to the veterinary doctor for treatment. Dogs and cats are also sources of infection. Always complete the entire course of medications prescribed by your dermatologist. Incomplete treatment results in the recurrence of fungal infection, which is more resistant to treatment.
  9. Do not scratch. Scratching makes the rash worse. Ask your dermatologist for anti-itching medicine.
  10. Do not wear synthetic clothes or tight-fitting jeans which do not allow air to flow through them, and do not wear wet inner garments. Do not wear innerwear at home. Allow air to flow freely through the affected part.
  11. Do not share items such as clothes, towels, soap, or comb with your family or friends.
  12. Do not use over-the-counter (OTC) medications for ringworm. Most of these OTC creams contain steroids, which give faster relief from itching, but they make the ringworm spread to a larger area and make the routine treatment insufficient.
  13. Do not use home remedies such as garlic paste to eliminate ringworm. This would burn your skin and may leave a permanent scar.
  14. Proper and timely medications from a dermatologist and these skin care measures would help faster relief from symptoms, speedy recovery, and less chance of recurrence.

I hope this information will work.


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