Treatments for Fungal Infections at Washington Township Medical Foundation
As suggested by the name, antifungals are medications used to treat infections
caused by fungi. Your doctor may prescribe you a pharmaceutical fungistatic
or fungicide in order to treat a variety of issues and conditions such
as those listed below. Other medications in this class can be used to
prevent mycoses. These medications come in various forms such as creams,
shampoos, vaginal tablets or pessaries, oral medicines, injections, solutions,
and sprays. The medication may used for a period of a few days up to multiple
weeks or months, depending on the type of fungal infection, its severity,
and any complicating factors.
Some of the various conditions that can be treated by antifungal medications include:
- Fungal nail infections
- Thrush, which normally infects the vagina or mouth
- Athlete’s foot / tinea pedis
- Severe systemic infections including cryptococcal meningitis
Antifungals typically work by impacting the cell wall of the fungus, which
then causes the fungus to die at a cellular level. Topical antifungals
and oral antifungals are usually quite safe for use. Antifungal injections
are typically used only for people who are very sick in the hospital.
Learn more about antifungals by asking your doctor in Fremont at Washington
Township Medical Foundation.