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Antifungal (Topical)

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Antifungal Topical Mycoban, Daktarin, Canestan, Loceryl, Lamisil, Candazole Adult, Children

Antifungal (Topical) - What is it for

​Topical antifungals are used to treat fungal skin and nail infections. These medications work by preventing the fungal cells from growing. They may contain ingredients such as Miconazole, Clotrimazole, Ketoconazole, Terbinafine, Econazole and Amorolfine. They may come in many different brands and dosage forms such as cream, gel, lotion, powders, nail lacquers, solutions and spray.


Some products may also include hydrocortisone, a steroid, in combination with the antifungal to reduce the swelling and itch caused by the fungal infection.

Antifungal (Topical) - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Antifungal (Topical) cause?

Mild stinging, itching and redness may occur at the affected area.

  • These symptoms should resolve after a few minutes. If these symptoms do not resolve or worsen, stop the medication immediately and consult your health care professional.

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Antifungal (Topical), what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Antifungal (Topical)?

​Do check with your health care professional if other topical medications can be applied together with this medication.

Antifungal (Topical) - Dosage and How to Use

How should Antifungal (Topical) be used?

  • ​Most of the topical medications should be applied twice a day to the affected area (please confirm the instructions with your healthcare professional as some products may have different frequency of application). Apply to the area surrounding the infected area as well.
  • Continue applying for at least one more week after symptoms resolve to ensure the fungus is completely eradicated
  • Do not stop applying your medication without checking with your healthcare professional. Stopping too soon may cause the infection to come back
  • If you are applying another cream, lotion, gel or ointment onto the affected area, wait at least 15min before applying them
  • Antifungal nail lacquers are applied once or twice weekly. Please refer to the product leaflet provided by the manufacturer for the usage instructions.
  • Antifungal shampoos/solutions should be applied on the affected area for 3-5min to ensure sufficient contact time before rinsing it off with water. They are applied either once a day, or two to three times a week depending on the condition. Please consult your healthcare professional for further instructions.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​If you forget to apply a dose, apply it as soon as you remember. Then apply your next dose at the usual time. Do not apply two doses to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Antifungal (Topical) - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Antifungal (Topical) safely?

How should I store Antifungal (Topical)?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#

​Discard this medication within a year after opening unless stated otherwise by the manufacturer.

How should I dispose of Antifungal (Topical) safely?

​Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing it into the rubbish chute or bin.

Antifungal (Topical) - Additional Information

​Signs that your condition may require further medical attention include:

  • Skin is blistered, broken, bleeding or raw
  • Signs of fever, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes
  • Fungal infection symptoms appear in the mouth or around or on the reproductive organs
  • For nail fungus, if more than half your nail is affected, or the infection reaches the half moon of the nail
  • Fungal infection symptoms do not improve 2 weeks after treatment (for fungal skin infection)
  • Fungal infection symptoms keep coming back after going away
  • Fungal infection symptoms worsen with or without treatment
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

    If you take more than the recommended dose, please seek medical advice immediately. The information provided on this page does not replace information from your healthcare professional. Please consult your healthcare professional for more information.

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