Athletes foot and ringworm
Athlete's foot and ringworm are fungal infections. The infection causing fungus thrive in wet moist areas as such it is essential precautionary measures are taken in order to avoid developing,spreading or exacerbating the infection. Crevices and areas prone to heat like between the toes should be kept clean and dry .Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection that occurs between the toes creating white patches of itchy skin. The skin may also appear red but on varying skin tones this may be less noticeable. If not treated this infection can spread and results in a fungal nail infection which may take a lot longer to treat.Ringworm unlike the name suggests is not caused by worms rather a fungal infection which creates red or silvery ring like rashes on the skin. It can occur anywhere on the body or scalp and require treatment with antifungal medication, like athletes foot ringworm is also contagious and anyone infected should avoid sharing towels and other clothing, bedding should also be washed regularly to prevent further spread.
Lamisil AT 1%
Lamisil AT 1% contains the active ingredient Terbinafine hydrochloride, an antifungal medication used to help treat fungal infections such as athlete's foot and ring worms. The treatment is applied topically on the skin. This cream can be used by adults and children above the age of 12, and can be purchased without a prescription.
How to Apply Lamisil AT 1%?
Lamisil should be applied to the skin in a thin layer 1-2 times daily, the duration of the treatment will depend on the type of fungal infection present. Ensure the skin has been thoroughly cleansed and dried and apply the cream gently rubbing in with a clean hand on to the affected area.Once the application is complete ensure you thoroughly wash your hands to prevent further spread of the infection.If being applied to toes, buttock or groin a light gauza strip may be applied on top of the cream especially if the application has been done at night.
Possible side effects of using terbinafine cream include:
Irritation at the site of application
Do not use terbinafine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.If you experience any side effects contact your primary health care provider for further instructions regarding treatment.