There are several different antifungal preparations that are used to treat various fungal infections. They come as creams, sprays, solutions, shampoos, tablets designed to go into the vagina (pessaries), medicines to take by mouth, and injections. The length of treatment depends on what type of fungal infection you have, how severe it is and if you have any other health problems – for example, problems with your immune system. Some courses of treatment can be as short as a few days (for example, for vaginal thrush). Other courses can be as long as eight weeks (for example, for ringworm infection of the scalp).
What are fungal infections?
Many types of fungal germs (fungi) live harmlessly in the soil, on food, on our skin and in other places in the environment. However, some types of fungi can thrive and multiply on the surface of the body, to cause infection of the skin, nails, mouth or vagina.
The most common fungi to cause skin infections are the tinea group of fungi. For example, athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a common fungal infection of the toes and feet. In most cases an Antifungal Cream will solve the problem. Tinea infection also causes ringworm (tinea corporis) and ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis). It also causes many fungal nail infections. A common fungal infection of the mouth and of the vagina is called thrush. a vaginal antifungal This is caused by an overgrowth of candida which is a yeast (a type of fungus). Small numbers of candida commonly live harmlessly on the skin. However, certain conditions can cause candida to multiply and cause infection. Candida is also sometimes the cause of some fungal nail infections.