Fungal infections can occur anywhere on the body--even inside the mouth (oral lichen planus), acording to the Mayo Clinic. To treat these infections on the skin, a variety of both prescription-strength and over-the-counter (OTC) topical applications are available to treat such fungal infections as athlete's foot, nail fungus and jock itch.
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One of the more common OTC antifungal creams is clotrimazole, which goes by the brand names Lotrimin AF Athlete's Foot Cream or Lotrimin AF Jock Itch Cream (in the United States) and Canesten (in Canada). Other common OTC antifungal creams include the brand names Monistat 1 (tioconazole), Tinactin (tolnaftate), Lamisil (terbinafine), and Aloe Vesta, Baza and Carrington antifungals (miconazole).
Prescription and Stronger Creams
Stronger concentrations of medically active ingredients means that some of these creams require a doctor's prescription. Products containing the active antifungal ingredient nystatin include the brand names Bio-Statin, Mycostatin, Nystop, Pedi-Dri and Nystat-Rx; products with the active ingredient butenafine include Lotrimin Ultra and Mentax; those with the active antifungal fluconazole and terconazole include Diflucan and Terazole, respectively.
When dealing with topical antifungal creams, avoid contact with eyes and wash your hands before applying them to the skin. Alternatively, the University of Maryland Medical Center advises wearing disposable gloves. Apply a thin film to the affected area, and, if desired, cover it up with a porous dressing. If you experience a persistent burning, swelling or itching feeling at the application site, or if there's a lack of response to the cream or a worsening of symptoms, contact your doctor.