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J Am Acad Dermatol. 1993 May;28(5 Pt 1):S24-S28.

Topical antifungal drugs in the treatment of tinea pedis, tinea cruris, and tinea corporis.

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Department of Dermatology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston 77555-0783.


Topical treatment of fungal infections took a step forward in the 1960s with the introduction of biologically active agents with specific antifungal mechanisms of action. Most modern broad-spectrum antifungal agents act by blocking specific steps in the synthesis of fungal cell membrane components. The broad-spectrum topical antifungal drugs now in use include the imidazoles (e.g. clotrimazole and miconazole), a pyridone-ethanolamine salt, dimethylmorpholines, and the newest class, the allylamines (e.g., naftifine and terbinafine). The topical allylamines have been shown in comparative studies to produce higher cure rates and more rapid responses in dermatophyte infections than many of the older agents.

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