Fungal infections treatment
Tinea infections (such as athlete’s foot, jock itch and ringworm) can be treated quickly and effectively with fungicidal products such as terbinafine, which actually kill the fungi, or by anti-fungal products such as imidazole, which inhibit fungal growth.
Imidazole antifungal products must be used until the skin sheds naturally, and should be applied for one to 2 weeks after the infection has cleared.
Hydrocortisone may be used in conjunction with topical antifungal medicines initially, if the itching is severe. However, you should not use hydrocortisone alone on fungal and yeast infections because, although it removes the redness, it allows the infection to spread rapidly and uncontrolled.
Generally, the same treatments used for tinea may also be used for treating thrush infections of the skin. However, you should ask your pharmacist or doctor for specific advice.
Tea tree oil or golden seal may help relieve some symptoms of fungal infections.
Last Reviewed: 05 June 2002