Cream or gel (topical, applied directly to the skin)
Pills (oral) and granules (little grains that can be sprinkled over food and easily swallowed)
Allylamines are a class of antifungals used to treat
ringworm of the skin.
Terbinafine, naftifine, and butenafine creams and gels are applied
to infected areas of the skin. Some types of terbinafine cream and naftifine
cream are available without a prescription. You apply these creams 1 to 2 times
a day for up to 4 weeks.
Allylamines kill fungi.
Allylamines are used to treat ringworm of the skin. If an antifungal cream does not clear up the infection or if the
infection is widespread or severe, your doctor may prescribe antifungal
Allylamines are an effective treatment for ringworm of the skin.
Side effects are rare when you use allylamine creams to treat
Side effects of pills may include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference
is not available in all systems.)
If you are taking antifungal pills, your doctor may monitor your
blood count and liver function during treatment to watch for any bad side
effects. This may not be needed in people who are otherwise healthy.
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March 21, 2011
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology
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