Jock Itch and other itches – Antifungal Drugs

Jock Itch and other itches – Antifungal Drugs

Fungal infection in the skin of the genitals, inner thighs and buttocks is commonly referred to as jock itch. Common causes of Jock itch are wearing excessively tight clothes which can worsen the skin condition. Wearing Synthetic clothes also result in skin problems due to their inherent coarse nature. Not keeping a good hygiene is probably the major reason behind jock itch which is where its gets its name from, namely jocks aren’t really known for their cleanliness. Antifungal cream is one of the most effective treatments for jock itch. Antifungal cream including Miconazole, Econazole, Ciclopirox, and many more are useful in the treatment of this fungal infection. Wearing tight clothes can worsen the skin condition.

Well once one acquires a fungal infection it doesn’t just leave that person on its own, one must make consistent efforts to avoid it, with a better lifestyle and use of antifungal medication. An antifungal medication, which is also known as an antimycotic medication, is a pharmaceutical fungicide used to treat and prevent mycoses such as athlete’s foot, ringworm, candidiasis (thrush), serious systemic infections such as cryptococcal meningitis, and others.

How do Antifungals Work

Antifungals work by following simple phenomenon historically known as divide an rule, by exploiting differences between mammalian and fungal cells to kill the fungal organism while also making sure there are only a few adverse effects to the host, actually as few as possible. Fungi and humans are both eukaryotes which means that fungal and human cells are similar at the biological level. This common origin makes it more difficult to discover drugs that target fungi without affecting human cells. Due to this reason, many antifungal drugs can cause side-effects and they do too. Some of the side-effects can be life-threatening if the Antifungal drugs are not used properly.

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Then how do these drugs work, well they work in two, not necessarily exclusive ways As Siege Weapons by killing the fungal cells by affecting some substance in the cell walls, causing the contents of the fungal cells to leak out and the cells to die. As dictatorships by preventing the fungal cells (rebellion) growing and reproducing

Antifungal Drugs come in different forms some of the Antifungal Medicines that are available are the following, Topical antifungals are a cream, gel, ointment or spray that one can apply directly to their skin, hair or nails. Oral antifungals are a capsule, tablet or liquid medicine which one swallows. Intravenous antifungals that are mostly available at hospitals are an injection directly into a vein in one’s arm. Intravaginal antifungal are small tablets one can insert into the vagina.

Side Effects

Apart from side-effects like liver damage or affecting estrogen levels, many antifungal medicines can cause allergic reactions in people. The side effects of oral treatment are significant and people without an infection should not take these drugs.

Even with all the progress in Fungal Science, Prevention is still better than cure,its better to follow some of the below mentioned steps than to be doing them later along with the treatement, One should also wash the groin area skin two or three times a day and keep the groin area dry. Avoid groin skin irritation by wearing cotton underwear.

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