Many people, having learned that they are sick with a fungus, rush to the pharmacy and buy expensive drugs with antimycotic properties. In their opinion, the higher the price of a medicine, the more effective it is. But actually it is not. On sale you can find good drugs that cost no more than 300 rubles. We will find out what topical medicines can cure mycosis that affects the skin of the feet, and how to use them correctly to get the desired result without harm to health.
Rating of cheap creams against foot fungus
Creams differ from other preparations for local application by their consistency, which is provided by natural oils. In addition to antifungal components, they contain substances that moisturize the skin and give it a delicate texture. According to many years of research, creams are the most popular pharmacological form of antimycotics in dermatology.
The cream was developed by the Swiss company Novartis Consumer Health SA based on terbinafine hydrochloride. This is a broad-spectrum antimycotic substance from the group of allylamines. He fights the following types of pathogenic microflora:
- encapsulated yeast fungi (Cryptococcus neoformans);
- yeast-like pathogens;
- causative agents of pityriasis versicolor (Pityrosporum orbiculare);
It exhibits fungicidal and fungistatic activity depending on the strain of the fungus.
Additional ingredients in Lamisil:
- cetyl palmitate (a fatty acid ester derived from plant materials);
- pyrogen-free water;
- stearyl alcohol 95%;
- sorbitan stearate.
In addition to combating fungal infection, the cream disinfects the skin, accelerates its regeneration and protects against bacteria and germs. Lamisil can also be used as a prophylactic against foot mycosis and nail plates.
Mode of application:
- Before treating the foot, you need to steam it in hot water and clean it with pumice;
- Then the legs are dried and rubbed with an antiseptic without alcohol (Chlorhexedin or Miramistin is suitable);
- Next, a little amount of cream (1 small pea) is rubbed into the center of the fungus. If the affected area is extensive, then more drug is used. Together with the infected areas of the epidermis, the surrounding healthy tissues need to be lubricated.
The duration of use of antimycotics is from 2 weeks to 20 days. If during this time the symptoms of the disease have not passed, then you need to visit a doctor.
Contraindications and side effects
Lamisil has no restrictions on use other than allergies to its composition. During pregnancy, during HBV and patients whose age is less than two years, it is necessary to consult a doctor.
Occasionally, in patients on the 2-3 day of use of the drug, symptoms of its individual intolerance appear:
- redness of the skin;
- discoloration of the nail plate;
- swelling of the feet;
To eliminate them, you need to take antihistamines and stop smearing with cream.
The cost of packing a medicine (tube of 15 g) is 220 rubles. Also in the pharmacy you can buy aerosol, gel and varnish from onychomycosis with the same name. The price of these antifungal agents ranges from 180 to 700 rubles.
This drug, like Lamisil, is a broad-spectrum antimycotic. It is made on the basis of synthetic components, the main of which was ketoconazole – a potent substance from the imidazole group. It has a pronounced mycostatic and fungicidal effect relative to:
- yeast and mold fungi;
- strains causing pityriasis versicolor;
Nizoral is often prescribed for the treatment of onychomycosis and foot fungus at the initial and secondary stages. With the advanced form of the disease, its use should be supplemented by the administration of the same name tablets. They contain the same active ingredient – ketoconazole. Only in this case they destroy the fungus not outside, but inside the body, which enhances the action of the cream and leads to a quick recovery.
In addition to ketoconazole, in Nizoral there is:
- alcohols – cetyl, stearyl;
- propylene glycol;
- pyrogen-free water;
- polysorbates 60 and 80;
- anhydrous sodium sulfite.
Instructions for use
In the treatment of onychomycosis (nail fungus), a small amount of cream should be squeezed onto gauze, folded in half, 3×3 cm in size. It is placed on top of the infected plate and fixed with tissue medical tape. Remove the bandage after 15-20 minutes.
The official guide to the drug indicates that you can simply smear it on a sore nail, but in fact, this is not practical. The cream is very slowly absorbed into a dense layer of keratin and quickly spreads upon contact with shoes or socks. When applying gauze, the drug acts locally longer. In addition, the tissue adhesive plaster slows down the evaporation of moisture and creates a greenhouse effect that opens the pores of the nail and enhances the penetration of the active component of Nizoral inside.
The feet are treated with cream according to this scheme: the drug is rubbed into the foci of the fungal infection and the skin around them after steaming the feet.
On the day you need to lubricate the nails or feet with medicine at least 2 times. With a running fungus, the drug should be used three times a day with an interval of 4 hours. The duration of therapy depends on the severity of the disease:
- initial – 2 weeks;
- average – 15-17 days;
- launched – a month or more.
Nizoral has no contraindications, since it is not absorbed into the blood. It can be used both for children and pregnant and lactating mothers.
The cost of Nizoral (15 g) is 230-250 rubles. Pills are more expensive – up to 400 rubles. for 30 pcs. 200 mg of the active ingredient.
A cheap antifungal agent manufactured by the Italian pharmaceutical company Temmler Italia S.r.L. The drug was based on natamycin – a natural antimycotic substance included in the list of polyene antibiotics.
Pimafucin acts fungicidal against:
- yeast and yeast-like fungi.
Compared to Nizoral and Lamizil, this cream does not fight bacteria and germs.
The composition of the drug also includes:
- cetyl ether wax;
- sodium lauryl sulfate;
- pyrogen-free water;
- deciloleate – a component of animal origin, softening tissues and enhancing the penetration of natamycin into their structure;
- propylene glycol;
- methyl and propyl paraben.
How to use
The application of Pimafucin to the skin of the feet begins with a foot bath. In hot water add:
- soda – 1 tbsp. l .;
- essential oils of rosemary, lemon balm or orange – 2-3 drops;
- a handful of food or sea salt.
After steaming the legs, which lasts 15-20 minutes, you need to wipe them dry with a paper towel and treat them with a cotton swab soaked in Chlorhexedine or hydrogen peroxide.
At the end of the preparatory measures, the cream is distributed in a thin layer over the entire surface of the foot. Particular attention should be paid to the interdigital space and the nail growth zone.
Pimafucin is used 3-4 times a day for 20 days. With a chronic fungus, the number of leg treatments does not change, but the treatment is supplemented with tablets with terbinafine or natamycin. The dose of an oral drug is determined by the attending physician.
The cream is allowed to be used by women bearing a child, and children from 2 to 5 years old exclusively under the supervision of a doctor. It is not contraindicated for persons with liver and kidney diseases, since it is not absorbed into the blood.
People who are allergic to the active ingredient or auxiliary ingredients should not be given the drug. Also, it is forbidden to use it if the skin has wounds or sores of an unknown nature of origin. In this case, you need to wait for their complete healing or use another antimycotic agent.
During treatment with Pimafucin, the patient may experience the following side effects:
- dry skin
- change in the appearance of the nail plate;
- swelling and redness of the soft tissues;
All of the above is a manifestation of an allergy to the drug and requires its withdrawal.
The cream costs in pharmacies from 200 to 280 rubles per tube weighing 30 g. Also Temmler Italia S.r.L. produces vaginal suppositories with natamycin for the treatment of genital candidiasis and tablets. Their price is 300-400 and 700 rubles, respectively.
The best ointments for foot fungus
Ointments do not contain unnecessary auxiliary ingredients and therefore are cheaper than antifungal creams. However, this does not mean that they are ineffective. Ointments with an antimycotic effect also perfectly cope with pathogenic microflora, although they require the additional use of skin moisturizing agents, such as paraffin oil, baby cream or glycerin.
Inexpensive drug made in Poland. It is made on the basis of clotrimazole, which has a strong antimycotic property and fights against yeast, mold and dimorphic fungi. Due to the fact that it destroys almost all known representatives of pathogenic microflora that affect the skin of the feet, it is very popular in dermatology.
The instructions for the drug indicate that it is not recommended for use to treat nail fungus. According to scientists, clotrimazole negatively affects the structure of the plates, so before applying it to the epidermis, the keratin layer must be sealed with a plaster. However, a rare hit of the drug on the nails usually does not cause any negative reactions.
The duration of treatment for foot mycosis with clotrimazole is 3 weeks. Apply it to the skin 3 times a day, and after 15 minutes, when it is completely absorbed and dried, the feet are smeared with liquid paraffin or other moisturizer.
The cost of an ointment tube weighing 25 g (1%) is 30-40 rubles.
Effective combined ointment for foot fungus from the group of glucocorticosteroids and antibiotic aminoglycosides. Properties of the drug:
Its effectiveness in the fight against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria is also noted.
The first active component of Acriderm is betamizone dipropionate. It stops the accumulation of leukocytes, blocks phagocytosis and reduces the permeability of soft tissues. The second active ingredient is gentamicin. It is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that resists primary and secondary bacterial infections, fungi and viruses. Clotrimazole and salicylic acid are also present in the preparation. They have an atimycotic effect and enhance the properties of the remaining components of the ointment.
The drug is applied to the site of localization of mycosis 2 times a day. The average duration of therapy is 2-3 weeks. With advanced lesions of the foot, its use is supplemented by antifungal tablets and is extended to 1 month.
The price of packaging Akriderm GK – 100-150 rubles for 15 g.
The drug is an analogue of Acriderm in composition and principle of action. It includes betamisone dipropionate, gentamicin sulfate and clotrimazole. Due to the lack of salicylic acid, Triacutan slower heals the middle and advanced stage of the foot fungus, and it copes with the initial form of the disease just as quickly.
Preparations based on these components are used only for the treatment of skin mycosis. Nails should not be greased with them. Before applying the ointment, you need to protect the plates with a band-aid or plastic film.
Triacutan and its analogues have no contraindications. The only thing the manufacturer warns about is the possibility of an allergic reaction to its components. In this case, the patient appears:
- a slight burning sensation at the place of spreading the medicine;
- redness of the skin;
- papular rashes;
Scheme of use of the drug:
- the initial stage of the fungus – 2 times a day for 2 weeks;
- medium and advanced form – 2-3 times a day for a month;
- for the prevention of fungus – 1 time every 3-4 days.
The cost of Triacutan in pharmacies is 150-180 rubles.
Lower limb fungal gels
Gels are not the most suitable form of medicine for treating mycosis on the legs. They are designed more for treating mucous membranes than skin. However, gels are quickly absorbed into the epidermis, soften the nail plates and gently act on the tissue.
If a person decided to fight the fungus with the help of this category of drugs, then he needs to pay attention to the following inexpensive, but effective drugs:
- Misol – gel from the Russian company "Evalar" based on naphthyne and tea tree extract. The cost of the set (tube with medicine + 10 nail files) – 280-100 rubles;
- Exolocin – quickly relieves the symptoms of the disease, restores nails, skin and protects against recurrence of infection. Price – 200-250 rubles;
- Lamicon – gel with terbinafine for the treatment of mucous membranes and epidermis. Produced by Farmak and sold at 160 rubles per tube of 15 g;
- Stop Demodex – the medicine is intended for the treatment of foot diseases caused by different types of pathogenic microflora. Made from natural ingredients and costs 300 rubles.
Reviews on the use of antifungal ointments, creams and gels
Valentina, 56 years old.
I have been tormenting my feet for 2 years already. He passes, then returns. Tired of being treated with folk remedies and went to the doctor. The doctor prescribed me Clotrimazole ointment and advised me to smear Vaseline legs after it. I did everything as the doctor said. After 1.5 months, the disease receded. Cracks in the heels disappeared with him. Thank you for this Vaseline, which softened the rough skin and accelerated its regeneration.
Irina, 28 years old.
I bought a cream 2 weeks ago from a fungus on my legs called Lamisil. A good, inexpensive tool that quickly saved me from the disease. There are no side effects, it smells nice, leaves no spots. Now I am smearing them with the purpose of prevention and doing foot baths with sea salt and essential oils. They reduce the perspiration of the legs, which is the main provocateur of the development of pathogens.
Nikita, 32 years old.
At first I tried to get rid of mycosis between the fingers with lotions with peroxide. As a result of such treatment, the disease started and moved to the nails. In order not to complicate the situation even more, I went to the doctor. I was prescribed compresses with chlorhexidine, foot lubrication with clotrimazole and nail polish with Batrafen. Such treatment cost me a pretty penny, now I will no longer follow the advice of folk "doctors".