Fungal infections could include conditions like athletes foot, jock itch, candidiasis and ringworm. Based on the infection, these drugs are available as over-the-counter or prescription medicines. Most fungal infections are minor and not life-threatening.
Systemic Fungal infection – deep infection
Topical (Dermatophytic) – superficial infections occurring on the skin
Fungal infections might take time to clear up hence take the medicines for the period as prescribed by the doctor. Continue the course of medication even though the symptoms may subside or even disappear. Pregnant women/lactating mothers need to check with the doctor before use of any medicines. Anti fungal medications are also classified based on the chemical structure, pharmacokinetics, tolerability, spectrum of activity, etc.
Allylamines: Group of synthetic antifungal drugs that are used locally and systemically.
Imidazole derivates: Most of the drugs are used in treatment of local or external infections and rarely used for systemic treatments.
Polyene antibiotics: Mostly used for topical treatment, as absorption of the drug is low, it is not used for systemic treatment
Triazole: proven to be more effective and safe during treatment.
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