What is Anti-fungal Medication?
Getting a fungal infection of the skin or nails is easier than you think. And it’s easy to spread – for example, if you have a foot fungus, it can easily spread to the toenails or if scratching, your fingernails. Fungal infections typically happen from exposure to warm, moist environments like a pool deck or locker room. Or wearing the same sweaty shoes or boots each day is a common cause.
Anti-fungal medications are used to treat these fungal infections. Early diagnosis and treatment is important to prevent spreading or extended issues stemming from the infection, especially if you have diabetes or a weak immune system.
Types of Anti-fungal Medication
Depending on where or what type the infection is will determine what treatment options are recommended. For nail fungus, common medicines to apply directly include amorolfine, ciclopirox, efinaconazole and tavaborole. Side effects from these medicines are generally mild. Possible side effects include redness and swelling, an ingrown toenail, and stinging or burning when you apply the medicine.
For more aggressive infections, anti-fungal pills may be prescribed. Examples include fluconazole, itraconazole and terbinafine. These pills can cause side effects, so your dermatologist will monitor you closely when using.
In some cases, a combination therapy of topical and oral anti-fungal medications can be recommended, depending on your individual needs.