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Antifungal cream

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

There are many creams 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 in detail, and their different uses.

Names of antifungals

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

Prescription antifungals include: econazole, nystatin, tioconazole, and higher strengths of some OTC antifungals. Some of these prescription products 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 and is mainly used to treat athlete’s foot, ringworm, and jock itch. It is also available in a vaginal formulation for yeast infections.


Miconazole is similar to clotrimazole in indications and formulations. Terbinafine, butenafine, and tolnaftate can be used for athlete’s foot, ringworm, and jock itch, but they 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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