Naftin Uses

Naftin is a medicine specifically approved to treat athlete's foot, jock itch, or ringworm in adults. This prescription medication works by stopping the activity of certain enzymes in the body that help in the formation of fungus cells. There are also some off-label (unapproved) uses for Naftin, such as treating fingernail or toenail fungus.

What Is Naftin Used For?

Naftin® (naftifine) is a prescription skin medication approved for the treatment of certain fungal infections, including:
  • Athlete's foot (tinea pedis), a fungal infection of the foot
  • Jock itch (tinea cruris), a fungal infection of the groin in males
  • Ringworm (tinea corporis), a fungal infection of the skin of the face, limbs, or trunk.
Athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm are all fungal infections. These are easily transferred from person to person, often in locker rooms, around swimming pools, and in showers. Ringworm can be passed from person to person or from pets.
The fungus thrives in warm, moist areas of the body, such as the groin or feet. Depending on the area of the body affected, some of the possible symptoms include:
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Scaliness
  • Burning.

How Does It Work?

Naftin works to kill fungus by inhibiting the activity of a certain enzyme known as squalene 2,3-epoxidase. This enzyme contributes to the process that helps build cell walls for fungus.

Is It Safe for Children to Use Naftin?

Naftin is not specifically approved for children or adolescents, as it has not been adequately studied in people younger than 18 years old. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using this medicine in children.
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