Naftin® (naftifine) is a medication approved for the treatment of various fungal infections, including ringworm, jock itch, and athlete's foot. It comes in two strengths, and is available as either a gel or a cream. Make sure to carefully review information on how to properly use this antifungal medication, as Naftin can cause certain skin reactions or other problems if used incorrectly.
When using Naftin, apply a thin layer of the medicine on the affected areas of the skin and about a half an inch past the affected area to the healthy skin. The cream is used once daily, and the gel is applied twice daily. The duration of treatment will depend on the strength used -- the 1% forms are used for four weeks, while the 2% form is used for two weeks.
While many people tolerate this prescription medication well, it is possible to develop side effects. Some of the most commonly reported problems include redness, dryness, and stinging of the skin.
(For more information on this antifungal gel and cream, click Naftin. This article provides information on how this skin medicine works, dosing guidelines, and general safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
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