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Localized tinea corporis responds to one of the azole antifungals such as clotrimazole or econazole or topical terbinafine. Whitfield's ointment is also effective but slower. Oral therapy is generally needed for extensive disease or tinea imbricata; the main choices are griseofulvin, itraconazole or terbinafine. Tinea Capitis.
Topical antifungal medications are the treatment of choice for tinea versicolor. A number of topical anti-fungal treatment regimens have been shown to produce a greater than 70 percent clinical response rate. This includes prescribing patients 2 percent Nizoral (ketoconazole) cream to be applied once daily for 11 to 22 days.
Terbinafine. Terbinafine is an over-the-counter antifungal that is found in Lamisil and Lamisil AT. These products are for topical use and usually come in a lotion form. This antifungal is effective at killing a tinea versicolor infection, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Ketoconazole is available over the counter as an active ingredient in shampoos ("Nizoral"), creams, or lotions. It is commonly used to treat a wide variety of tinea infections including – athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, dandruff, and tinea versicolor.
Over the Counter Options for Tinea Versicolor. Store-bought treatments for tinea versicolor come in the form of skin applications such as creams, lotions, soaps, and shampoos that include such ingredients as zinc, pyrithione, selenium sulfide, miconazole, clotrimazole, and terbinafine. WebMD provides a full list of over-the-counter options for treating tinea versicolor. Each of the treatments come with their own application requirements, healing timetables, and side effects.
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