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Creams for fungal infection

Written by Healthwords's team of doctors and pharmacists based in UK | Updated: 22.02.2023 | 1 min read

There are many creams available that are used to treat fungal infections. The creams are mainly used for skin and nail infections, whereas tablets are usually used for more widespread skin and internal infections. Different antifungal creams are used for different types of skin, vaginal, or nail infections. The Caidr team will explain some of them and their different uses in detail.

Names of antifungals

Over-the-counter (OTC) antifungals include: clotrimazole, miconazole, terbinafine, butenafine tolnaftate, and ketoconazole.

Prescription antifungals include econazole, tioconazole, nystatin, and higher strengths of OTC antifungals. Some of the prescription antifungals come with hydrocortisone in them. The hydrocortisone combination can be used to help reduce redness, inflammation, and at times itching. 


This comes in a 1% cream that is mainly used to treat athlete’s foot, ringworm, and jock itch. Occasionally it is used to treat tinea versicolor. It is also formulated as a vaginal cream for yeast infections.


Miconazole is a similar product to clotrimazole and is used to treat the same types of infections. Terbinafine, butenafine, and tolnaftate are also similar but do not have a vaginal formulation.


Ketoconazole comes as a cream or a shampoo.  The cream is used for athlete’s foot, jock itch, and tinea versicolor but requires a prescription. The shampoo is used for dandruff.

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