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Terbinafine Cream for Fungal Infections: What You Need To Know

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Terbinafine cream has been around in the U.S. since 1996.

And since that time it has been a popular over-the-counter treatment for skin fungal infections.

You may recognize the brand name Lamisil, the active ingredient inside Lamisil is Terbinafine.

In this article, we will cover the potential uses for Terbinafine cream, how to use it, what to expect from treatment, and where to find it.

What is Terbinafine cream?

Terbinafine is an antifungal chemical that is best known under the brand name Lamisil.

Terbinafine is in an antifungal class called allylamine antifungals.

This medication kills or helps stop the growth of a fungus by blocking the synthesis of ergosterol, an integral part of the fungus cell wall.

What is Terbinafine cream used for?

Terbinafine cream can be used to treat multiple skin fungal issues including: Ringworm, athlete’s foot, jock itch, cutaneous candidiasis, or tinea versicolor.

Terbinafine is sometimes also used off-label in compounded prescription medications for nail fungus.

Like our combination Nail Formula available with a prescription through an Online Consultation with our U.S. licensed physicians.

If you are a good candidate for Strut Nail Formula, we can ship your prescription medication quickly and discreetly to your front door.

How to use Terbinafine cream

Apply an amount of Terbinafine cream necessary to thoroughly cover the entire affected area.

Rub Terbinafine cream in gently and allow to air dry.

Wash your hands after application of Terbinafine cream.

Do not cover the applied area with a bandage or wrap unless directed otherwise by your doctor.

Depending on what you are treating, you will apply the Terbinafine cream once or multiple times daily. Refer to your prescription or container for dosing instructions.

How fast does Terbinafine cream work?

If you are treating a fungal infection on the skin, you will normally need to treat for 7-28 days, depending on which skin infection you have.

According to Mayo Clinic, the treatment times are:

Ringworm or Jock Itch:

Adults and ages >12: apply 1-2 times daily for 7-28 days

Ages 12 or younger: Dosing determined by your doctor

Athlete’s Foot (in between the toes)

Adults and ages >12: apply 2 times daily for 7-28 days

Ages 12 or younger: Dosing determined by your doctor

Athlete’s Foot (bottom of foot)

Adults and ages >12: apply 2 times daily for 14 days

Ages 12 or younger: Dosing determined by your doctor

Tinea Versicolor/Pityriasis Versicolor

Adults and ages >12: apply 1-2 times daily for 14 days

Ages 12 or younger: Dosing determined by your doctor

Cutaneous Candidiasis

Adults and ages >12: apply 1-2 times daily for 7-14 days

Ages 12 or younger: Dosing determined by your doctor

If you have been prescribed a Terbinafine formula for nail fungus, the treatment times are often much longer. Treatment for nail fungus can take months or more than a year.

Terbinafine cream side effects

When Terbinafine cream is applied to the skin, most of the medication will stay within the applied area and very little should reach your whole circulation.

The most common side effects will be local and minor including: Burning, itching, or irritation.

Very rarely some may experience more severe side effects including: Blistering, swelling, or oozing from the application site.

Allergic reactions to this medication are rare, but look out for allergic reaction signs including: Rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing.

If you experience severe side effects or signs of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention.

Where can I buy Terbinafine cream?

If you are treating a skin fungal infection, you can find Terbinafine cream over the counter in generic form or under the brand name Lamisil.

If you have a nail fungal infection, you need to have a consultation with a physician before treatment as these types of infections tend to be more complicated.

Our Nail Formula is an antifungal combination product that integrates 2 antifungals with a pharmaceutical-grade driving agent to help get the medication through the nails.

Schedule an Online Visit with our U.S. licensed physicians today to see if Strut Nail Formula is a good fit for you.

Summary

Terbinafine is an antifungal agent that works by blocking an integral part of the fungal cell walls.

Terbinafine cream is often used for ringworm, athlete’s foot, jock itch, cutaneous candidiasis, or tinea versicolor.

Apply enough Terbinafine cream as needed to cover the entire affected area, rub in gently, and wash hands after application.

Depending on what you are treating, you will need to apply once or twice daily.

For skin fungal infections treatment time can be 7-28 days.

If you are receiving a prescription Terbinafine product for nail fungus, the treatment can take months to over a year.

The most common side effects of Terbinafine are minor and include a burning sensation, slight itching, or irritation at the application site.

You can find Terbinafine for skin fungal infections over the counter.

If you are trying to treat a nail infection, you must meet with a doctor for prescription treatment.

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