How to Choose Anti Fungal Creams

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If you think that you are immune to fungal infections, you should probably think again. Different types of fungi live on things we touch every day--the earth beneath your feet, the food you buy at the store, the surface of your desk at work--and you might need anti fungal creams at some point in the future. Knowing you have a fungal infection isn't enough, however, because you'll need to know how to choose and compare anti fungal creams.

Determine what type of fungal infection you are experiencing. The type of anti fungal cream you choose will depend largely on what type of infection you need to treat, so visit your doctor or research symptoms at web sites such as Quick Care (see resources below) to narrow the possibilities.

Decide if you need anti fungal creams that are combined with other agents, such as steroids to treat rashes. In many cases, a fungal infection will accompany other issues that might need to be treated as well.

Ask your doctor if there are any anti fungal creams that you should avoid. Your skin type, complexion and body chemistry might respond differently to different treatments, and you'll want fairly immediate relief from a fungal infection.

Read the labels on the backs of cream bottles. You'll find that many anti fungal treatments are the same regardless of the brand name on the box, but you'll spend less money if you go with a generic product or store brand.

Find out if you need a prescription anti fungal cream or if an over-the-counter product will work. Extreme infections that have gone untreated for long periods of time might need a stronger medication.

Try a different anti fungal cream if the one you choose stops working. In some cases, the body can build an immunity to certain medications, and your particular fungus might not respond as well to one treatment as it does to another.

See your doctor if the anti fungal creams you've tried don't seem to work. He might be able to recommend a product or course of treatment that you haven't discovered.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apply anti fungal creams as consistently as possible to avoid recurring problems.
  • Tell your doctor if you have any other symptoms related to the infection, such as a fever, rash or sore throat.
  • Never use an anti fungal cream in a manner for which it is not intended. This can have serious health consequences.
  • Avoid moist, humid areas when you're treating a fungal infection. Fungus thrives in moisture and heat, so keep your body as cool and dry as possible.
  • Discontinue use of an anti fungal cream if you develop a rash, sore or other negative consequence subsequent to its use.

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