Today, we need to talk about fungal infections. When people think of fungus, they generally think of things like mold, mushrooms and the like. Yes, those are the most common in prevalent forms of fungus in the world, but there are various parasitic fungi which can infect human skin, fingernails, and any other tissue as well.
When you contract a nasty fungal infection, they can be itchy, irritating and even potentially lethal. Fungi can result in further bacterial or viral infections, as well as produce nasty toxins, and they constrain the body’s immune system to the point that other illnesses can sweep in and claim you rather quickly. Even if a particular fungal infection isn’t severe enough to be dangerous, they are extremely unpleasant, and no one should have to deal with that.
Today, we’re going to look at the four top anti-fungal creams and capsules out there, and talk a little bit about how they work. We will be getting into the nitty-gritty of the science, but we should still learn a little bit about them.
Sporanox, this capsule is a potent antifungal treatment with significant clinical trials behind it. Generally a prescription treatment, it should not be used in tandem with various blood pressure, heart rate or cholesterol medications, due to a potential interaction. However, for those with fungal infections that are respiratory, severely-rooted, or otherwise untreatable through topical means, this is one of the best solutions out there.
Just note, you should absolutely never take this with alcohol, as it can severely impact its solubility, and it should not be used by pregnant or nursing women either.
Clotrimazole (Lotrimin AF) Cream or Lotion
This is one of the ones on the list that, at least in the United States, most people have heard of. Commonly used to treat athletes foot, jock itch, ringworm and various fungal skin infections, this topical lotion is extremely effective.
Is not recommended for people with existing skin conditions, or those with a tendency to suffer from eczema, exceptionally dry skin or rosacea, as the skin must be significantly dried before applying, and they can exacerbate existing dry skin.
This one is exceptionally good for immediate, perceptible relief, as you apply it directly to the irritated area, and you should feel some level of relief almost instantly.
Miconazole (Micaderm) Cream
This one is primarily for women, intended to treat vaginal fungal infections. It is topical, and like the previous entry in this list, should provide something in the way of relatively instant relief. This should not be used by women attempting to conceive, who are pregnant, or whom have recently given birth, due to additional complications given the area where it is applied.
Do not use this without consulting your gynecologist first, as there are etched cases where complications could occur due to other circumstances.
Zinc Pyrithione Soap
For those looking for something a little more natural, or whom are only suffering a somewhat minor fungal infection, soaps like these actually do have clinical proof of being relatively effective. Zinc, not unlike selenium, is very effective in treating certain parasitic problems. Were selenium is excellent for treating lice, certain worms, and mild infections, zinc is a powerful, natural antifungal agent.
Along with treating fungal problems, soaps like these are also good for combating psoriasis, dandruff, eczema and various forms of dermatitis.