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Nystatin And Triamcinolone (Topical Route) Proper Use

Proper Use

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Do not use this medicine in or around the eyes.

Check with your doctor before using this medicine on any other skin problems. It should not be used on bacterial or virus infections. Also, it should only be used on certain fungus infections of the skin.

Apply a thin layer of this medicine to the affected area and rub in gently and thoroughly.

The use of any kind of airtight covering over this medicine may increase absorption of the medicine and the chance of irritation and other side effects. Therefore, do not bandage, wrap, or apply any airtight covering or other occlusive dressing (for example, kitchen plastic wrap) over this medicine unless directed to do so by your doctor. Also, wear loose-fitting clothing when using this medicine on the groin area. When using this medicine on the diaper area of children, avoid tight-fitting diapers and plastic pants.

To help clear up your infection completely, keep using this medicine for the full time of treatment, even if your symptoms have disappeared. Do not miss any doses. However, do not use this medicine more often or for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase absorption through your skin and the chance of side effects. In addition, too much use, especially on thin skin areas (for example, face, armpits, groin), may result in thinning of the skin and stretch marks.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor’s orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.


  • For fungus infections:


    • For cream dosage form:


      • Adults and children—Apply to the affected area(s) of the skin two times a day, morning and evening

    • For ointment dosage form:


      • Adults and children—Apply to the affected area(s) of the skin two or three times a day.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

 

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Nystatin 

Nystatin (Nystin, Mycostatin and multiple other names) is a polyene antifungal originally isolated from Streptomyces noursei in 1950 by Elizabeth Lee Hazen and Rachel Fuller Brown. It was named after the laboratories in which they worked in 1954 – New York State Department of Health. Streptomyces noursei is a soil organism isolated from a farm (owned by William Nourse). It was first used in patients and licensed for use in the 1950’s. It was patented in 1957 and all royalties donated to research. Like all polyenes, it binds to ergosterol in the fungal cell membrane, leading to potassium loss and fungal cell death.

Dose & Delivery

Nystatin is only used topically and dosing is described in units. For vaginal candidiasis, pessaries of 100mg are give daily for 6 days, 200mg for 3 days and 500mg as a single dose. Alternatively 1%, 2% or 10% vaginal cream delivering roughly the same doses as pessaries, may be used, for the same durations. Nystatin cream is also used to treat penile candidiasis (balanitis).

Nystatin 10mg lozenges or troches are used to treat oral candidiasis. They are taken 5 times daily for 14 days for treatment, or 3 times daily for prevention of oral candidiasis.

Most topical skin preparations are 1% cream, lotion or spray, which should be applied 2 or 3 times daily for 2-4 weeks. Nystatin is effective for seborrheic dermatitis, nappy rash due to Candida, some cases of ringworm, tinea cruris and athlete’s foot. A 1% solution can be used for otitis externa. For inflammatory conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis, combined preparations with topical corticosteroid are helpful.

Fungi – the drug is active against        

Nystatin is active against most Candida spp. as well as Cryptococcus neoformans, Aspergillus spp., Histoplasma capsulatum, Blastomyces dermatitidis, Paracoccidioides brasiliensis, Sporothrix schenckii. Nystatin has also been used to treat other fungal problems as Dutch Elm disease and to restore water-damaged mouldy artwork.

Some nystatin resistance is documented in Candida albicans, especially among oral isolates in patients with AIDS treated with Nystatin. Typical rates of resistance, in Candida albicans in a general hospital are 3-6%.

Metabolism distribution and excretion                 

Nystatin is practically insoluble in water. Applied on the skin it penetrates on the surface layer (epidermis), with no systemic absorption. Between 3-10% is absorbed systemically after vaginal administration. Nystatin is metabolised by the liver.

Drug/ Drug interactions                      

There are very few drug/drug interactions with Nystatin. Pessaries of clotimazole may damage latex condoms or diaphragms, and additional contraceptive measures are wise. View drug interaction database.

Side effects                 

Nystatin is generally well tolerated but nausea, vomiting, unpleasant mouth and pruritus (itching) have been reported with oral lozenges. Local skin irritation and a burning sensation are reported after use on the skin. Nystatin may be given in pregnancy.

Structure of nystatin

Uses, common brands, and safety information

Ciclopirox, Lotrimin, and ketoconazole are common treatments for fungal infections. Find a full list of topical antifungals here.

Topical antifungals list | What are topical antifungals? | How they work | Uses | Types | Who can take topical antifungals? | Safety | Side effects | Costs 

Fungal skin infections are quite common as there are millions of different fungi that we may encounter in our everyday spaces. This puts many people at risk of developing fungal infections, which can occur anywhere in the body. Anyone who has experienced red, dry, scaly, or itchy skin has probably been infected by some type of fungus and as a result, has likely tried a topical antifungal medication. 

Topical antifungals are a type of dermatological medication used to treat superficial fungal infections of the skin, hair, and nails. These medications are quite common and can be used in a variety of locations throughout the body. Most topical antifungal medications require a prescription from your healthcare provider, but there are also a few over-the-counter options available. The chart below provides some of the more common topical antifungal preparations available along with pricing and safety information.

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List of topical antifungals

Ciclodan, Loprox (ciclopirox) $213 for 6. 6 mL of 8% topical solution Get ciclopirox topical coupons Ciclopirox topical details
Lotrimin AF Cream (clotrimazole topical) * $64 for 30 gm of 1% topical cream Get clotrimazole topical coupons Clotrimazole topical details
Lotrisone (clotrimazole/betamethasone dipropionate topical) $43 for 15 gm of 1-0.05% topical cream Get clotrimazole/betamethasone dipropionate topical coupons Clotrimazole/betamethasone dipropionate topical details
Ecoza (econazole topical) $650 for 70 gm of 1% topical foam Get Ecoza topical coupons Ecoza topical details
Spectazole (econazole nitrate) $184 for 30 gm of 1% topical cream Get econazole nitrate coupons Econazole nitrate topical details
Jublia (efinaconazole topical) $850 for 4 mL of 10% topical solution Get Jublia topical coupons Jublia topical details
Kerydin (tavaborole topical) $1,490 for 10 mL of 5% topical solution Get tavaborole topical coupons Tavaborole topical details
Extina, Nizoral A-D, Nizoral topical, Xolegel (ketoconazole topical) $84 for 120 mL of 2% topical solution Get ketoconazole topical coupons Ketoconazole topical details
Lamisil AT (terbinafine topical) * $22 for 30 gm of 1% topical cream Lamisil AT topical coupons Lamisil AT topical details
Luzu (luliconazole topical) $357 for 60 gm of 1% topical cream Get Luzu topical coupons Luzu topical details
Micatin, Zeasorb AF (miconazole nitrate topical) * $15 for 30 gm of 2% topical cream Get miconazole nitrate topical coupons Miconazole nitrate topical details
Mycostatin topical, Nyamyc, Nystop (nystatin topical) $50 for 15 gm of 100000 unit/gm topical cream Get nystatin topical coupons Nystatin topical details
Naftin (naftifine topical) $578. 12 for 45 gm of 2% topical cream Get naftifine topical coupons Naftifine topical details
Oxistat (oxiconazole) $718 for 30 gm of 1% topical cream Get oxiconazole topical coupons Oxiconazole topical details
Tinactin, Tinaderm, Tinaspore(tolnaftate topical)* $12 for 45 gm of 1% topical cream Get tolnaftate topical coupons Tolnaftate topical details

*Available in prescription and OTC formulations

Other topical antifungals include:

  • Canesten (bifonazole)
  • Castellani Paint (phenol topical)
  • Desenex (miconazole topical)
  • Ertaczo (sertaconazole topical)
  • Exelderm (sulconazole topical)
  •  Fungi-Nail Anti-Fungal (tolnaftate topical)
  • Fungi-Nail Anti-Fungal Pen (undecylenic acid topical)
  • Fungicure Athlete’s Foot Cream (tolnaftate topical)
  • Fungicure Intensive Pump Spray (clotrimazole topical)
  • Fungicure Liquid Gel (clotrimazole topical)
  • Fungicure Manicure & Pedicure (clotrimazole topical)
  • Fungicure Maximum Strength Liquid (undecylenic acid topical)
  • Fungoid Tincture (miconazole topical)
  • Fungoid-D (tolnaftate topical)
  • Gentian violet topical
  • Lamisil AF Defense (tolnaftate topical)
  • Lotrimin AF Powder (miconazole topical)
  •  Lotrimin AF Spray (miconazole topical)
  • Lotrimin AF Ultra (butenafine topical)
  • Mentax (butenafine topical)
  • Monistat-Derm (miconazole topical)
  • Mycelex (clotrimazole topical)
  • Mycolog-II (nystatin/triamcinolone)
  • Pedi-Dri (nystatin topical)
  • Penlac Nail Lacquer (ciclopirox topical)
  • Selsun Blue 2-in-1 (selenium sulfide topical)
  • Selsun Blue Medicated (selenium sulfide topical)
  • Selsun Blue Moisturizing (selenium sulfide topical)
  • Selsun Blue Full & Thick (pyrithione zinc topical)
  • Selsun Blue Itchy Dry Scalp (pyrithione zinc topical)
  • T/Gel Daily Control 2-in-1 Dandruff Shampoo Plus Conditioner (pyrithione zinc topical)
  • Vagistat-1 (tioconazole topical)
  • Vusion (miconazole/ zinc oxide/ petrolatum topical)

What are topical antifungals?

Topical antifungals are antimycotic agents used to kill or prevent fungal infections. Because fungal infections are quite common, many individuals (even those who are healthy) may experience a fungal infection. Luckily, superficial fungal infections are not life-threatening. This allows topical antifungals to be a useful and convenient treatment option for these types of infections. 

How do topical antifungals work?

Topical antifungals agents work by killing or preventing fungal organisms from living on the body. These medications target specific structures or functions only found in the cells of fungi and not humans. These structures are usually the cell wall and cell membrane that is used to protect fungi. Once these structures are compromised, the fungal cell no longer has protection and will die. As a result, the fungus can no longer cause harm to the human host.

What are topical antifungals used for?

Topical antifungal drugs are used to treat many common types of fungal infections including:

Guidance from your healthcare provider should always be sought out to properly treat these types of conditions.

Types of topical antifungals

There are a variety of different types of topical antifungal agents including foams, ointments, creams, gels, solutions, sprays, shampoos, powders, lotions, sprays, and lacquers. Antifungals are used based on the type of fungal infection one is experiencing. These medications target either molds, yeast, or dermatophytes—all different forms of fungi. Some topical antifungals can be used to treat multiple types of fungi at once while others may be more specific for one type of fungus. 

Allylamine antifungals

The allylamines are a new type of antifungal drug that is highly selective for the fungal enzyme but have a minimal effect on humans. It interferes with sterol biosynthesis by inhibiting the enzyme squalene 2,3-epoxidase. This inhibition results in decreased amounts of sterols, causing cell death. The allylamines allow the active ingredients in the medication to accumulate well within the stratum corneum of the skin and nails. They are known to be quite effective against dermatophytes, yeast, and molds.

Examples of topical allylamines: Naftin, Lamisil

Azole antifungals

Azoles are a type of antifungal drug that contains an azole ring that stops the growth of multiple types of fungi. This occurs by blocking an enzyme in the fungal cell membrane resulting in its cell death. They are further separated into two groups with either two nitrogens (imidazoles) or three nitrogens (triazoles) in the azole ring. Topical antifungals are typically part of the imidazole group. Azole antifungals can be used for a variety of conditions such as athlete’s foot, vaginal yeast infections, ringworm, and fungal nail infections.

Examples of topical azoles: Lotrimin AF Cream, Ecoza, Xolegel, Luzu, Micatin

Benzoxaborole antifungals

Benzoxaborole antifungals are a newer class of antimycotic medications. They are known to block the ability of the fungus to produce proteins in a highly specific way by disrupting the action of yeast cytoplasmic enzyme involved in the translation process, which is called oxaborole tRNA trapping mechanism. Currently, this antifungal is being used only for nail fungus.

Examples of topical benzoxaboroles: Kerydin

Ciclopirox olamine antifungals

Unlike many of the other antimycotic agents, ciclopirox olamine’s mechanism of action is poorly understood. However, many believe it is related to loss of function by altering certain enzymes disturbing DNA repair. This topical treatment can be used for athlete’s foot, ringworm, seborrheic dermatitis, and nail fungus.

Examples of topical ciclopirox olamine: Penlac Nail Lacquer, Ciclodan, Loprox

Polyene antifungals

These antifungals bind to the main sterol in the fungal cell membrane and cause depolarization of the membrane. This increases the membrane’s ability to absorb which results in fungal cell death. Polyenes do not work well orally, so they are mostly seen as a solution or given intravenously as a systemic antifungal. An example of an intravenous antifungal is amphotericin B. These antifungal preparations are also not suitable for dermatophyte fungal infections.

Examples of topical polyenes: Mycostatin, Nyamyc, Nystop

Thiocarbamate antifungals

Thiocarbamates are antifungals used for mild to moderate, superficial dermatophyte infections of the skin and nails. It is supplied as a cream, powder, spray, and liquid aerosol. Generally, this mediation does not work well against yeasts. Common uses of these topical treatments include jock itch, athlete’s foot, and ringworm. The exact mechanism of action for this antifungal is unknown but it is believed they block sterol synthesis within the fungus inhibiting its growth.

Examples of topical thiocarbamates: Tinactin, Tinaderm, Tinaspore

Undecylenic alkanolamide antifungals

These antifungal preparations are a type of unsaturated fatty acid that prevents the growth of fungus on the skin. Treatment with this medication is only for the skin and is mostly used for ringworm, athlete’s foot, and jock itch. It is not suitable for fungal infections of the scalp and nails. These antifungals can be found in cream, solution, powder, and tincture forms.

Examples of topical undecylenic alkanolamides: Fungicure Maximum Strength Liquid, Fungi-Nail Anti-Fungal Pen

Who can take topical antifungals?

Adult men, women, seniors, and children are all safe to use topical antifungals. An example of a topical antifungal used in infants is miconazole gel for oral thrush. Different dosages may be required for children of different age groups so please discuss the medication with your pharmacist or healthcare provider prior to using any topical antifungal preparations.

If there are known reactions to active ingredients in these types of medications, they should be avoided until further discussion can be had with your pharmacist or healthcare provider regarding the benefits versus the risks of taking the drug. Sometimes an alternative form may be available.

Are topical antifungals safe?

Typically, topical antifungal therapy is very safe and has a variety of application options available. There are no serious contraindications for use of these medications. However, patients who may be on a blood thinner, diabetic, on long-term steroids, take anticonvulsants, or have a weakened immune system should review its safety with their healthcare provider prior to applying. It is also important when using these medications that they are only applied to the lesions or affected area to prevent irritation to the surrounding healthy skin.

Topical antifungal restrictions

Do not take topical antifungals if you have:

  • Known hypersensitivity to medication.
  • A skin infection where the medication would be applied.

Can you take topical antifungals while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Topical antifungals are safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding. It is recommended that the medication is not applied directly to the breast or nipple while breastfeeding.

Are topical antifungals controlled substances?

Because topical antifungals are not habit-forming and do not pose any risk of dependency on the medication, they are NOT controlled substances.

Common topical antifungals side effects

Although there are various side effects associated with the use of topical antifungals, they are all minor and not life-threatening. The most common side effects include:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Rash
  • Redness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Tingling
  • Skin irritation
  • Thinning of skin
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Maceration of skin
  • Bruising
  • Alopecia
  • Hair discoloration
  • Stinging
  • Dryness
  • Ingrown toenail 

How much do topical antifungals cost?

The cost for topical antifungals can vary significantly. Without health insurance, some topical preparations may be as low as $12 while others may be as much as $2,000. Luckily, most of these medications come in the form of a generic, lowering the costs and out-of-pocket responsibility for customers. Currently, the newer topical antifungals on the market, Jublia and Kerydin, do not have a generic and are the most expensive topical antifungals. A coupon from SingleCare can bring down the costs tremendously for any prescription- regardless of health insurance coverage. Be sure to take advantage of their discount programs anytime these treatments are being considered.

Ringworm, Facial (Tinea Faciei) in an Infant or a Baby: Condition, Treatments, and Pictures for Parents – Overview

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Images of Tinea Faciei (Ringworm of Face)

Overview

Tinea faciei is the medical name for ringworm on the face. Tinea, commonly known as ringworm, is a fungal infection that appears as a dry, red, elevated, and scaly lesion that enlarges in a circular fashion. It is caused by a fungus from the Trichophyton species, and the natural habitat for this fungus is in the soil. Facial ringworm is itchy, and scratching it may cause the lesion to spread further, across the cheeks and chin. This infection is often confused with other itchy, red rashes on the face, such as atopic dermatitis or eczema.

Who’s at risk?

Facial ringworm affects both sexes and all populations and ages, although it is quite common in children. Typical to fungal infections, ringworm is more common in warm and humid climates. Facial ringworm is often found on the cheeks of children and infants and can be spread by direct contact with affected individuals or by contact with infected animals. A common way that ringworm is spread is through a new pet (for example a kitten adopted from a shelter) that has the infection. When the child holds the kitten near his or her face, the child becomes infected with the spores and the fungus spreads.

Signs and Symptoms

The most common locations for facial ringworm include:

  • Cheeks
  • Nose
  • Around the eye
  • Chin
  • Forehead

Facial ringworm appears as one or more pink-to-red, scaly patches ranging in size from 1–5 cm. The border of the affected skin may be raised and may contain bumps, blisters, or scabs. Often, the central portion of the lesion is clear, leading to a ring-like shape and the descriptive (but inaccurate, because there is no actual worm) name ringworm.

Facial ringworm is almost always itchy, and it may become itchier or feel like a burn after exposure to the sun.

Self-Care Guidelines

If you suspect that your child has facial ringworm, you might try one of the following over-the-counter antifungal creams or lotions:

  • Terbinafine
  • Clotrimazole
  • Miconazole

Apply the cream to each lesion and to the normal-appearing skin 2 cm beyond the border of the affected skin for at least 2 weeks until the areas are completely clear of lesions.

Since people often have tinea infections on more than one body part, examine your child for other ringworm infections, such as in the groin (jock itch, tinea cruris), on the feet (athlete’s foot, tinea pedis), and anywhere else on the body (tinea corporis).

Have any household pets evaluated by a veterinarian to make sure that they do not have a dermatophyte infection. If the veterinarian discovers an infection, be sure to have the animal treated.

When to Seek Medical Care

If the lesions do not improve after 1–2 weeks of applying the over-the-counter antifungal creams, see your child’s doctor for an evaluation.

Treatments Your Physician May Prescribe

To confirm the diagnosis of facial ringworm, your child’s physician might scrape some surface skin materials (scales) onto a glass slide and examine them under a microscope. This procedure, called a KOH (potassium hydroxide) preparation, allows the doctor to look for tell-tale signs of fungal infection.

Once the diagnosis of facial ringworm is confirmed, your physician will probably start treatment with an antifungal medication. Most infections can be treated with topical creams and lotions, including:

  • Terbinafine
  • Clotrimazole
  • Miconazole
  • Econazole
  • Oxiconazole
  • Ciclopirox
  • Ketoconazole
  • Sulconazole
  • Naftifine

Rarely, more extensive or long-standing infections may require treatment with oral antifungal pills, including:
The infection should go away within 4–6 weeks after using effective treatment.

Trusted Links

Clinical Information and Differential Diagnosis of Tinea Faciei (Ringworm of Face)

References

Bolognia, Jean L., ed. Dermatology, pp.1179. New York: Mosby, 2003.

Freedberg, Irwin M., ed. Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Medicine. 6th ed. pp.1998. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003.

Ringworm in Babies

What is ringworm in a baby?

Ringworm is a common skin infection that actually has nothing to do with worms or parasites (thank goodness)! Instead, it’s caused by a couple different kinds of fungus, including Trichophyton rubrum and Epidermophyton floccosum.

You might hear ringworm called tinea capitis or tinea pedis or some other tinea. Tinea is a Latin word that means “worm”; the second word refers to the location of the infection. (Capitis means head; pedis means feet.) Athlete’s foot and jock itch, common in much older kids and adults, are actually forms of ringworm infection.

What are the symptoms of ringworm in babies?

Ringworm produces a classic, round rash. The rash is generally reddish with a rough, scaly border; the center may be clear. The rash is usually half an inch to an inch wide, but may grow. It might be itchy.
Some types of eczema can look exactly like ringworm, especially in babies, says Natasha Burgert, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Pediatric Associates in Kansas City, Missouri. If you notice an odd rash on your baby and don’t know what it is, don’t be afraid to ask your doc before you start to assume what it is.

Are there any tests for ringworm in babies?

A doctor can usually diagnose ringworm based on how the rash looks. If there’s any doubt, he can scrape a few cells from the rash and send them to the lab to be identified.

How common is ringworm in babies?

Although ringworm is a common childhood infection, it’s not all that common in infants and toddlers. It’s more widespread in school-age children.

How did my baby get ringworm?

“Ringworm is spread by contact,” Burgert says. It’s typically transmitted from person to person, although kids often catch ringworm from pets. (Yup, dogs and cats can get ringworm too!) The fungus that causes ringworm can linger on surfaces, too, so your child could catch ringworm by crawling on an infected surface.

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What’s the best way to treat ringworm in babies?

Topical antifungal creams such as Lotrimin and Lamisil are the best treatment for ringworm. You can buy them over-the-counter without a prescription. Apply the cream according to the directions and seek medical attention if your child’s rash doesn’t begin to resolve in a few days.

If the rash doesn’t improve with an antifungal cream, you might not be dealing with ringworm. Your child’s doc will help pinpoint the cause of the rash and determine the appropriate treatment.

What can I do to prevent my baby from getting ringworm?

If you notice that your pet is missing patches of hair, take the animal to the vet for evaluation. It might have ringworm — and treating your pet’s infection may keep your child from contracting ringworm.
Keeping your child’s skin clean and dry may also help prevent ringworm infection.

What do other moms do when their babies have ringworm?

“Yesterday morning, I noticed a few little red rings on my son’s tummy. It looked really odd… My friend was over and insisted he see a doctor — I guess she’s seen ringworm before. The doc said it definitely is and just gave us a cream to apply to it. I put the cream on the inside of my arm before putting it on my son, and it felt like nothing. I put it on him, and he lost it — screaming, crying, real tears!”

“My son has ringworm — I don’t know how he got it. He doesn’t go to day care; we don’t have cats. We have a dog, but she isn’t allowed in the house. And we rarely go anywhere. It’s on the back of his legs. We just got a prescription yesterday. I couldn’t believe it was ringworm — I thought it was a heat rash.”

“My middle son got ringworm… I took him to the pediatrician and was told to use an OTC cream. I did that, and it didn’t go away, and a second spot sprouted up. I took him back to the pediatrician and was told to keep using cream — at that point, we had been using it for six weeks! I decided to take him to a pediatric dermatologist. I was given a prescription cream, used it for six weeks, those two spots were still there, and more spots showed up. At one point, he had eight spots! We were given a second prescription cream, used it for six weeks, and nothing. Then he was put on an oral prescription. We did that along with a prescription cream — we had to do two rounds. Finally, a year after his first spot showed up, we were finally rid of the dang ringworm. We don’t know how he got it. We don’t have pets. We don’t play in a sandbox. We don’t really go to anyone’s house who has pets. We had it checked by his allergist to see if it was allergic eczema, and it wasn’t. Yeah, it may be harmless, but I hated my two-year-old walking around with eight ringworm spots on his body.”

Are there any other resources for ringworm in babies?

Seattle Children’s Hospital

Children’s Hospital Boston

American Academy of Pediatrics’ HealthyChildren.org

The Bump expert: Natasha Burgert, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Pediatric Associates in Kansas City, Missouri. She blogs at _ kckidsdoc.com._

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

Antifungal Cream: Definition, Indications for Use, and Related Considerations in Wound Care

By the WoundSource Editors

Antifungal cream is a broad term used to describe a range of products containing antifungal agents that are topically applied to the skin to control and manage fungal infections. These products may be formulated with a moisture barrier to protect and condition the skin. Antifungal creams are used both as a palliative treatment for existing fungal infections and as a prophylactic measure in cases where there is a risk of fungal infection.

Although bacteria cause most infections in chronic wounds, research indicates that the role of fungal infections is not insignificant.1 For this reason, antifungal creams play a critical role in reducing the bioburden of chronic and non-healing wounds.2 Antifungal cream is important when it comes to the treatment of burn patients because fungal colonization is a prevalent feature of burn wounds.3

Chronic Fungal Skin Infection Treatment and Prevention

Indications for Antifungal Creams

Although open wounds provide ideal conditions for the colonization of bacteria and fungi, some wounds are at greater risk of fungal infections than others. The following conditions may present indications for antifungal creams to be applied as part of a care regimen:

  • Burn wounds: Compared with other hospitalized patients, burn patients are at high risk for developing fungal infections, with incidences reported between 6.3% and 15%.4
  • Chronic wounds: Up to 23% of chronic wounds have been found to contain fungi, which prevent and discourage healing by stalling the wound in the inflammatory phase and potentially contributing to the development of biofilms.5
  • Diabetic foot ulcers: In some studies, 80% of diabetic foot ulcers displaying biofilm have a microbiome component primarily made up of commensal and pathogenic yeasts.6
  • Surgical wound infections: Fungi may cause nosocomial infections in surgical patients, in addition to polymicrobial infections or fungemia.7
  • Chemotherapy patients and cancer patients: Patients receiving chemotherapy are immunocompromised, which increases susceptibility to fungal infections.
  • Immunosuppressed patients: Patients with suppressed immune systems are at high risk of systemic fungal infections, many of which are opportunistic and begin on compromised skin surfaces.8
  • Patients with peripheral arterial disease: Onychomycosis is a warning sign for peripheral arterial disease.9
  • Skin grafts: Fungal infections in skin graft sites can inhibit the success of the graft by preventing it from growing or expanding.10

Considerations in Antifungal Wound Treatment

Patients with wounds for which antifungal creams are indicated should have bacterial cultures collected to determine the polymicrobial composition of the wound bed. The appropriate type of antimicrobial treatment will vary based on the microorganisms present.

Prophylactic treatment with antifungal cream may be appropriate in cases where moist peristomal skin is at high risk of fungal infection.11

Conclusion

The relationship of fungal infections to chronic and non-healing wounds is still being revealed by ongoing study. Although antifungal creams are the first line of defense against topical fungal infections in a vast array of wounds, they are only one part of an antifungal strategy in wound care.

References
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The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author, and do not represent the views of WoundSource, Kestrel Health Information, Inc., its affiliates, or subsidiary companies.

How To Treat Ringworm in Cats


/ by Dr. Justine Lee

As a veterinarian, one of the most common fungal diseases that I see is ringworm in cats.

Years ago, I fostered a kitten that was brought in by a good samaritan. What I didn’t know when I was fostering her was that she would leave her infectious ringworm all over our house. This resulted in severe skin lesions on me, my husband, and my 13-year-old cat. It also contaminated our house with ringworm. Treatment was pretty intensive—not only did I have to shave all my cat’s fur off, but I had to give my poor cat a foul-smelling medical bath every 3 days. It also required about $1,500 of prescription oral antifungal medication, too.

So, what is ringworm in cats, and what do you need to know as a cat parent?

Ringworm, often called dermatophytosis, is a fungus that is a disease of the environment. The most common types of ringworm found include:

  • Microsporum canis (commonly found on domestic animals)
  • Microsporum gypseum (commonly found in the soil)
  • Trychophyton m. (commonly found on rodents)

Cats can carry ringworm on their fur more frequently than dogs, and often don’t show any clinical signs from it—in other words, they may or may not be affected, but will likely shed it to their environment (including two-legged and four-legged pets, too!).

What are the signs of ringworm?

Signs of ringworm in cats include:

  • Hairless regions on the face or body
  • Broken hairs
  • Red, raised, dry, circular patches on you or your family members
  • Itchiness
  • Scaling (e.g., white flakes on the fur)
  • Crustiness on your cat
  • Open, ulcerated bumps (e.g., nodules)
  • Discolored areas of skin (especially in Devon Rex cats)

How do I know if my cat has ringworm?

Your veterinarian will have to do several tests to diagnose ringworm in cats; it can sometimes be diagnosed with a specialized light called a Wood’s lamp. More specific tests include a trichogram, fungal culture (submitted to a lab), a PCR test, or even a DTM test.

What is the treatment for ringworm in cats?

So, what’s the treatment? Ringworm needs to be tackled aggressively with topical lime sulfur baths, oral antifungal medication, environmental clean-up, and bathing.

Topical treatment includes bathing your cat with a medical lime sulfur dip twice a week. This typically comes as a concentrated form and must be diluted, or it can cause corrosive burns on the body. (It normally has to be diluted at 8 ounces of lime sulfur to one gallon of water). This needs to be done for 1-2 months or until your cat tests negative by skin culture for at least 2 tests in a row. I also found that shaving my cat down (to the skin) helped with bathing and minimizing shedding around the house. Other topical options may include antifungal/chlorhexidine combination shampoos.

Oral antifungal medications should also be used to treat ringworm in cats. These include drugs like itraconazole (typically at 5-10 mg/kg orally once a day for 3 weeks), fluconazole, terbinafine, griseofulvin, and ketoconazole. Rarely, there are potential side effects from the medication, so blood work should be done to monitor the bone marrow. I preferred the brand Sporanox, but it can be very costly. There is a newer prescription medication called Itrafungol™ that is FDA-approved for the treatment of ringworm in cats. It’s a cherry-caramel-flavored liquid.

Environmental clean-up is important too. This includes using a dilute bleach solution (1:10 dilution) or antifungal solutions (e.g., enilconazole solution, 0.2%) to clean the environment and minimize risk of continued contamination. I also recommend keeping any new pets out of the house for several months to minimize spread.

Can I get my cat’s ringworm?

Ringworm is zoonotic—in other words, it can spread from animal to human. If you suddenly notice red, hairless, dried circular patches on you and your family members, contact your medical doctor, as you may need treatment (which typically includes tough-actin’ Tinactin). Yes, the topical medication used for jock itch or athlete’s foot is also used topically for human ringworm infections—that’s because it’s the same fungal infection.

Fear not: It’s nothing to be embarrassed by! As a veterinarian, I’ve gotten ringworm after my stethoscope has touched affected animals, only to develop it all over my neck. The good thing is this is typically self-limiting (it’ll go away in you because you’re not the right host species for the fungus) and easily treatable with an OTC antifungal cream… but embarrassing nevertheless.

When in doubt, talk to both your veterinarian and your medical doctor if you think your cat may have ringworm. Treatment for ringworm in cats should be initiated as soon as possible!

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Typically, ringworm is treated with antifungal enamels or oral antifungal agents prescribed by a dermatologist, such as fluconazole or itraconazole. However, some home remedies for ringworm toenail, such as scalding or natural creams and lotions, can also help.

Mycosis of toenails occurs mainly when walking barefoot in pools or public toilets or in tight shoes, while mycosis of toenails occurs especially when manicure materials are used together.

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A sign of onychomycosis is that the nails become whitish or yellowish, thicker and easily flake off the skin, and deformities can also be noticed. In these cases, it is advisable to see a dermatologist to examine the nails and diagnose ringworm.

To diagnose ringworm of the nail, a dermatologist will cut off a piece of the nail and scrape off anything under the nail, which is sent to the laboratory to determine the fungus that causes the disease.Identifying the fungus is important so that the dermatologist can prescribe the most appropriate treatment.

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How long does the treatment take?

Treatment usually takes a long time, because the fungus is completely eliminated only when the nail grows back long enough. Thus, treatment for ringworm on the nails usually occurs after about 6 months, and if properly followed, after 12 months.

Homemade ringworm treatments

Home treatment for ringworm of the nail can be done by applying 2-3 drops of clove essential oil to the affected nail at least 2 times a day, as cloves have antifungal and healing effects. However, essential oils of oregano or malalucs also have excellent action against this type of mushroom and therefore can also be used.

In addition, home treatment should also include some precautions such as:

  • Avoid wearing tight shoes;
  • Give preference to cotton socks;
  • Wash and dry your feet very well, even between the toes;
  • Always wear slippers in swimming pools or public toilets;
  • Use and don’t share your own manicure or pedicure materials.