Fungal infections can take on a number of forms, and cause a range of symptoms. Those affecting the skin include athlete’s foot and ringworm.
- Most often causes a rash
- Can cause skin to harden and flake off
- Treatable with antifungal drugs
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2 treatment(s) for Fungal Infections
Fungal infections of the skin can cause a number of symptoms. The most common is a rash, which may be itchy and lead to the skin becoming dry and hard, and flaking away. Sometimes blistering may develop too. Infections of this type are fairly common, and it is thought that most people will encounter a fungal infection on at least one occasion in their lives.
Different names are given to fungal infections of the skin, depending on where on the body they appear, or the type of fungi causing it. Athlete’s foot is one such manifestation. This condition is characterised by symptoms occurring between the toes, which may spread to the bottom of the feet. Several factors can contribute to the development of fungus in this area. Dermatophytes, which are responsible for infections of this kind, thrive in dark and moist conditions; and feet can often become damp through badly-ventilated, tight-fitting or old and broken footwear.
Ringworm is another type of fungal infection. This is also caused by dermatophytes, but usually appears on the skin of the hands, or the face and neck. In such cases, the rash may take on a circular form, with a space of apparently healthy skin in the middle. Again, the patch of skin affected may be inflamed and cause irritation.
Such infections occur when one type of fungus, which might otherwise live harmlessly on the skin, develops into larger numbers under certain conditions. Infections can be spread through direct or indirect contact; such as via the use of shared towels and other communal items and surfaces. In some cases, these fungi can also be transferred to people from their pets.
Antifungals work by targeting the fungus responsible. Fluconazole, which is the active ingredient in Diflucan and in the drug of the same name, interferes with the ability of fungal cells to produce ergosterol. This substance is crucial for their cell structure. Without it, the fungus cannot maintain itself, and gaps will start to appear in the walls of cell membranes. This then results in the components of the cells leaking out, and the cells disintegrate as a result. Once fungal balance in the affected area has been restored, symptoms of infection clear up.
Getting treatment for fungal infections online is simple with our confidential service. After selecting your product, you will be presented with a short questionnaire. Once complete, a doctor will review your answers and issue a prescription if suitable. This is then sent electronically to our dispensing pharmacy. Delivery on all items is made by tracked courier so that you don’t have to worry about your order getting lost, or arriving late.
Types of Treatment
When medicating fungal infections, a doctor will usually issue a type of drug called an antifungal. It will usually depend on the nature of the infection, and the part of the body being affected as to which treatment they prescribe. For those affecting the skin, such as athlete’s foot or jock itch, they may choose to issue fluconazole.
This is available from Treated.com in two forms: as the branded version marketed by Pfizer, called Diflucan; and the generic made by Teva, called fluconazole. While the generic version is given in capsule form, the branded alternative is available as a powder, which is made up by a pharmacist into an oral suspension fluid prior to issue.
How do they work?
Several different types of fungi live on the skin, and often do so harmlessly. But under certain conditions, some of these fungi can grow in number, and cause an infection.
Fluconazole works by inhibiting the ability of this fungi to further develop. It does this by blocking the production of ergosterol, which is a chemical the fungi needs to maintain itself. Once ergosterol is no longer produced, the membranes of fungal cells start to perforate, leading to the hemorrhaging of vital contents. The cells then decrease in number, and the normal balance of fungi is restored.
What are the side effects?
Some of the more common side effects include a headache, altered liver function and diarrhoea. A more detailed list can be found on the respective product pages.
Can I take them with other medications?
It depends on which other treatments you are using. Information on contraindications can be found by referring to the pages on our site for each item.
What’s the difference between the medications?
The main difference between the two medications we offer for fungal skin infections is their method of administration.
Fluconazole is issued a hard capsule; whereas Diflucan is supplied as an oral suspension fluid, prepared prior to issue by a pharmacist.
Should I take Diflucan or Fluconazole?
The two treatments perform the same function in the body, but are provided in different forms and different dosage denominations. Refer to the product pages to find out more about their use.
Are there different side effects?
The side effects associated with the treatments are largely identical, as they contain the same active ingredients. However, you should check the information available prior to use to make sure they are suitable, and disclose any relevant information pertaining to your medical history during consultation.
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