Ringworm is a fungal infection that is a major problem on parts of the body such as scalp, the groin, the feet, and the nails.
While it is true that some infections go away even if they are not treated, there are also cases that ringworm does not go away by itself. This is the time where we need to use antifungal agent to get rid of the problem.
The antifungal agent should be applied twice a day for seven days; the treatment could reach up to fourteen days if the symptoms don’t go away easily. To make sure that it would not come back anymore, another seven days must be implemented in treating the fungal infection.
Here are the most recommended antifungal agents that should be use for ringworm:
Miconazole is antifungal agent, which is produced by Janssen Pharmaceutica. It must be applied directly to the skin as treatment for fungal infection. It inhibits the creation of ergosterol, which is critical part of fungal membranes. It is also effective against other types of parasites that have ergosterol in the cell membrane. Aside from its antifungal and anti-parasitic capabilities, it also has antibacterial capability.
Terbinafine hydrochloride which is known in different part of the world in different names is lipophilic in nature and tends to build up in skin, nails, and fatty tissues.
Clotrimazole is commonly known as Canesten is antifungal medicine that is used for treating both human and animals that has fungal diseases. It is used to treat fungal diseases like vaginal yeast infections, oral thrush, ringworm, athlete’s foot and jock itch.
Ketoconazole is an antifungal drug that is both effective for preventing and treating fungal skin diseases, it can also be used to treat people with AIDS and those who are undergoing chemotherapy treatments. It is not only sold as topical cream but can also be bought as anti-dandruff shampoo or oral tablet. It also accumulates in the fatty tissue. If you want to use it as an oral tablet, it would be best to take in at highly acidic levels so anything that causes a decreased stomach acid levels will also reduce the drug’s absorption as soon as it is taken orally. It is best to associate it with colas so that the drug can be fully absorbed.
Tolnaftate comes as a cream, powder, spray, or liquid aerosol. This agent is used for treating jock itch, athlete’s foot and ringworm. It is known for several names such as Tinactin or Odor Eaters.