Antifungal drugs are used to treat various fungal infections that affect the skin, mucous membranes, nails and hair. Most of the drugs in this group are sold in pharmacies without a prescription, but some medicines will require a prescription from your doctor. Fungal infections quickly parasitize on the body with a weakened immune system, have contact, household and sexual transmission (vaginal thrush). The most common types of fungal infections are the following diseases:
There are also fungal infections that develop deep in the tissues of the body, requiring complex exposure and treatment in a hospital setting. This group includes fungal meningitis, aspergillosis (damage to the lung tissue). Reduced immunity greatly increases the likelihood of a fungal infection, therefore, taking specific drugs (lowering immunity after transplantation), the likelihood of infection with the fungus should be excluded.
When buying drugs of this group, you should focus on the doctor’s prescription, and use therapeutic agents only after making the correct diagnosis. Antifungal drugs have various forms of release:
All drugs are aimed at destroying fungal cells, preventing their growth, reproduction and further spread. Full recovery occurs after undergoing treatment. Premature discontinuation of medication can lead to relapse and re-occurrence of the disease. For local use, the drug is applied to the affected area and adjacent tissues.
The purchase of medicines should be carried out after a confirmed diagnosis. Also, a dermatologist will be able to choose the most suitable drug, explain the order of its use, dosage and warn about possible side effects. Included with the drug is an instruction that helps determine the rules of use and the duration of the course of treatment. The vast majority of fungal infections can be treated at home, and only with some forms of pathology will have to go to hospital.
Before starting a course of treatment, a patient suffering from a fungal infection must take into account the presence of the following factors:
When prescribing treatment, the patient should provide the doctor with the most complete information about himself, this will help to avoid possible negative consequences as a result of treatment and get the expected effect from taking medications.