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If you have athlete's foot, ringworm, or jock itch, you may consider trying naftifine. This medicine is approved to help relieve symptoms of these fungal infections by interfering with how the cells of the fungus are formed. Naftifine may also be used off-label to treat fingernail or toenail fungus, although these are unapproved uses for the product.

An Overview of Uses for Naftifine

Naftifine (Naftin®) is a prescription skin medication approved for the treatment of certain fungal infections, including:
  • Athlete's foot (tinea pedis), a fungal infection of the foot
  • Jock itch (tinea cruris), a fungal infection of the groin in males
  • Ringworm (tinea corporis), a fungal infection of the skin of the face, limbs, or trunk.
Athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm are all fungal infections. These infections are easily transferred from person to person, often in locker rooms, around swimming pools, and in showers. Ringworm can be passed from person to person or from pets.
The fungus thrives in warm, moist areas of the body, such as the groin or feet. Depending on the area of the body affected, some of the possible symptoms include:
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Scaliness
  • Burning.

How Does This Medicine Work?

Naftifine works to kill fungus by inhibiting the activity of a certain enzyme known as squalene 2,3-epoxidase. This enzyme contributes to the process that helps build cell walls for fungus.

Can Children Use Naftifine?

Naftifine is not specifically approved for children or adolescents, as it has not been adequately studied in people younger than 18 years old. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using this medicine in children.
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