Drugs for the treatment of foot fungus: what are and how they are treated?
Hello, dear readers! What are the drugs for the treatment of foot fungus, you know? Those who have not faced this disease, will certainly answer that without even thinking about it.
And in vain, as the fungus is very infectious disease that can be caught in any public place, visiting friends and even at home. Today you will learn, than it is to treat it.
Self-diagnostics, or how to recognize fungus on the feet?
Agree, just so you don’t start using antifungal medicines. This should be a reason. How to understand that the foot was infected by a fungus? The presence of this disease the symptoms indicate:
- peeling of the epidermis;
- an unpleasant odor;
- excessive sweating;
- exfoliation of the upper epidermal layer;
- deformation of the nails;
- the color change of the nail plates;
- the rash of blisters (in severe forms of the fungus).
How to choose a drug from athlete’s foot?
Choose medicines yourself, but better to entrust it to a professional dermatologist in this case. Only he knows what medicine will suit you.
The doctor will conduct tests (scraping), to clarify the true cause of the fungus, making the condition suffering from and then prescribe medication.
Unscrupulous professionals can advise certain medication for profit. To understand what medication you are told, read reviews, left by people who have tested it.
Wrong treatment of athlete’s foot can result in relapse. Simply put, the disease will come back after some time. Prices for antifungals now bite. The cost of treatment relapse will be much higher than that of non-running athlete’s foot.
Varieties of antifungal drugs
All antifungal drugs can be divided into two types:
- local — applied to the epidermis and the nail plate;
- systemic — taken orally, affect the fungus from the inside.
Local have virtually no contraindications, except for lactation and pregnancy in some cases. Therefore, they are more popular than a relatively dangerous system.
But, it should be noted that the local can only be used with the same fungus symptoms, such as itching, scaling, cornification, deformation of the nail plate. With the pathogen, they are also struggling, but do it very slowly.
To cure athlete’s foot quickly, you need to combine topical preparations systemic.
In advanced cases, such as in the photo, it is recommended to Supplement the treatment special treatments such as physiotherapy and medical hardware pedicure. Advanced forms of the fungus being treated for a long time, so it’s best not to bring yourself to this state.
Dosage forms of antifungal medicines
Local and systemic medicinal substance is produced in different forms:
- tablets, capsules;
- gels, ointments, creams;
- nail Polish;
- powder and talc;
The question arises, which form is more convenient to use? Here are all individually. Doctors recommend to combine different means, for example, ointments, and pills.
Varieties of antifungal drugs by chemical structure
The Azoles — Fluconazole, Itraconazole, Ketoconazole. This precision medicine, creating fungi unsuitable for development and living conditions. Inexpensive but effective among the above drug is Itraconazole.
It is often administered as it is as safe and effective. The azoles recommended for use against dermatophytes and yeast fungi Candida albicans.
They are available mostly in tablet form. Tablets need to drink after eating, drinking plenty of water.
Allylamines — Terbinafine, lamisil, Braizil, Terminox, Ekstern, etc. the popularity and effectiveness of a variety of antifungal drugs.
Almost all of the above medicines destroy cell membranes of fungi, causing them to die. Main effects: fungicidal and fungistatic.
Both varieties are effective, but more powerful are the azoles. After allylamino the fungus may reappear, as it reproduces very quickly. To prevent relapse, you will have to repeat the treatment periodically.
Prepared for the use of antifungal agents
Before you drink the oral medication, you should consult a doctor and be examined. Each drug is accompanied by instructions, which listed contraindications. You have to make sure that will not hurt yourself selected remedy.
Local drugs much easier. Before using them you need to properly prepare the skin on the feet and nails, if they are also infected. To do this, follow these steps:
- rasparte feet in the tub or bucket in hot water with vinegar or herbs;
- remove all peeled off and the coarse layer;
- possible short cut your nails, Polish the surface of nail plates;
- thoroughly clean the heel and interdigital space.
The Horny layer of the skin is easily removed by scraping. For these purposes, many people use special cosmetic stone — pumice. If you fail to get rid of the hard skin yourself, see a beautician and follow hardware cleaning stop.
Serious contraindications there are only a system of medicines. They are not recommended for people with liver or renal nedostatochnosti. They also strictly forbidden to women, carrying the baby and breastfeeding.
Ointments, sprays and solutions should not be used by pregnant in the early stages. Some of these medications are contraindicated to women in standing at any time.
For the treatment of mycosis in children, which is extremely rare, it is common to use adult medicines, but not specified in the regulations the dosage and individually. Pick up the treatment scheme can only be a dermatologist.
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Author: Anna Derbeneva (dermatologist)