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Naftifine (On the skin)

Treats fungus infections, such as athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm.

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Naftifine topical is used to treat infections caused by a fungus or yeast. It works by killing the fungus or preventing its growth. Naftifine is used to treat: Athlete's foot (interdigital tinea pedis; ringworm of the foot affecting the spaces between the toes); Jock itch (tinea cruris; ringworm of the groin); and Ringworm of the body (tinea corporis). This medicine is available with your… Read more
Brand names include
Naftin, Naftin-MP
Drug classes About this
Antifungal

What works? Research summarized

Evidence reviews

Treatments applied to the skin for fungal infections of the groin and body

Up to 20% of the world's population is affected by fungal skin infections of the groin ('jock' itch, or tinea cruris) or of the body (ringworm, or tinea corporis), which generally appear as red and itchy areas on the skin. Many topical (directly applied to the skin) treatments are available.

Efficacy of topical antifungals in the treatment of dermatophytosis: a mixed-treatment comparison meta-analysis involving 14 treatments

IMPORTANCE: Considering that most randomized controlled trials compare antifungals with placebo instead of other antifungals, conventional meta-analysis is insufficient to define superiority between the evaluated strategies. To our knowledge, this is the first mixed-treatment comparison meta-analysis on antifungal treatments in the literature and shows all the evidence available at the time of the study.

Behandlung der Tinea pedis vom interdigitalen Typ: Systematischer Review [Treatment of interdigital tinea pedis: a systematic review]

The review investigated the efficacy of treatments for interdigital tinea pedis. The authors concluded that allylamines, especially terbinafine, provide superior treatment in comparison with azoles. The conclusion appears reliable.

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Summaries for consumers

Treatments applied to the skin for fungal infections of the groin and body

Up to 20% of the world's population is affected by fungal skin infections of the groin ('jock' itch, or tinea cruris) or of the body (ringworm, or tinea corporis), which generally appear as red and itchy areas on the skin. Many topical (directly applied to the skin) treatments are available.

How effective are athlete's foot treatments?

Athlete's foot is very common and usually does not cause any serious problems. But affected skin can crack, and be itchy and unattractive. The fungus can spread to the nails, and on rare occasions to other areas of skin. The infection can usually be treated effectively with creams, gels or sprays.Athlete's foot fungi grow particularly well in the areas between our toes. It is often moist and warm there, and the skin on our feet is also a good breeding ground for fungus. Topical treatment will usually clear up the infection within a few weeks. Tablets only have to be taken in exceptional cases.Good hygiene is also important so that other people do not become infected and to prevent the infection from returning. That includes regularly changing socks, towels and bedding and washing them at over 60 degrees Celsius.

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