There are several types of fungal infections of the skin including athlete's foot, jock itch and ringworm. Treatment may vary depending on which infection is present, although there is some degree of uniformity in treating fungal infections.
Various topical antifungal creams and sprays are used to treat athlete's foot, ringworm and jock itch. Over-the-counter products such as Lamisil, Lotrimin and Tinactin start at around $7 and may be as high as $50.
In some cases, prescription medication may be required to treat severe cases of athlete's foot, ringworm or jock itch. Talk to your doctor and insurance carrier to determine if your insurance will cover prescription for fungal infections.
Treatment for yeast infections usually consist of ointments and creams. Prescription treatment may be required in some cases when symptoms are severe. Other types of yeast infections (oral or vaginal) may require different treatments.
One of the most important parts of treating fungal infections is to keep the area clean and dry. Wash the infection site twice a day (more if instructed to do so by a physician) and thoroughly dry the area afterwards. Make sure that you use a clean towel to dry each time.
If you have a fungal infection, take precautions to avoid spreading the condition to others. Avoid contact with other people and do not share towels, socks, shoes, clothing, bed sheets, deodorant or other personal items. Speak with a skincare professional for further information regarding the cost of treatment.