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Lamisil 1%

Lamisil cream and Lamisil gel are branded medications that contain the active medicine terbinafine. Terbinafine is an antifungal treatment that kills infections by interfering with the cell membranes of fungi. This causes the cells to lose essential chemicals that they need to stay alive, therefore removing the infection and preventing it from spreading.

Lamisil should be applied directly to the affected area. It’s a generally well-tolerated medication that can be used by most people unless you have an allergy to any of the ingredients.

Lamisil is most commonly prescribed to treat the ‘tinea’ family of fungal infections, including athlete’s foot, jock itch and ringworm. Symptoms usually subside within a few days, but treatment should last a week regardless of whether you feel better or not.

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Lamisil cream and Lamisil gel are branded medications that contain the active medicine terbinafine. Terbinafine is an antifungal treatment that kills infections by interfering with the cell membranes of fungi. This causes the cells to lose essential chemicals that they need to stay alive, therefore removing the infection and preventing it from spreading.

Lamisil should be applied directly to the affected area. It’s a generally well-tolerated medication that can be used by most people unless you have an allergy to any of the ingredients.

Lamisil is most commonly prescribed to treat the ‘tinea’ family of fungal infections, including athlete’s foot, jock itch and ringworm. Symptoms usually subside within a few days, but treatment should last a week regardless of whether you feel better or not.

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What is Lamisil cream and gel?

Lamisil is used for the treatment of various fungal skin infections. It contains the active ingredient terbinafine, which has fungicidal properties against certain types of fungi.

The cream and gel versions of Lamisil are topical treatments that are designed to be applied directly to the affected area/s.

Lamisil is most effective at killing infections caused by the dermatophyte fungus, which usually causes conditions such as:

  • Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis)
  • Jock itch (tinea cruris)
  • Ringworm (tinea corporis)

All of these conditions belong to the ‘tinea’ family of fungal infections, and with terbinafine having a broad spectrum of antifungal properties, Lamisil is an incredibly effective treatment against the infections.

None of the tinea infections listed above are life-threatening, but they can be extremely uncomfortable, hence why prompt treatment is important for recovery and prevention of reoccurrence.

What are fungal infections?

Fungal infections can have various causes; it just depends on the type of infection you’ve got. The tinea family of infections mentioned above are all caused by fungi called dermatophytes.

You can get these type of fungal infections fairly easily, as they’re usually contagious. They can be spread by:

  • Sharing towels
  • Sharing bedding
  • Sharing clothes
  • Close skin contact

Athlete’s foot can also be picked up from floors of gyms or communal areas if you’re walking barefoot; hence the name.

Fungal skin infections are rarely a cause for concern, but they can be extremely uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Here are the symptoms of some of the tinea groups of infections:

Tinea Pedis (Athlete’s Foot):

  • Redness of skin
  • Painful skin cracking
  • Itching
  • Burning sensation
  • Blisters

Athlete’s foot is usually found between the toes and is often painful. Without treatment, it can spread to the soles of the feet or even the toenails.

Tinea Cruris (Jock Itch)

  • Scaly skin
  • Redness of skin
  • Ring shaped patches
  • Persistent itching
  • Rash
  • Burning sensation

Tinea cruris is found in the groin area and sometimes on the thighs or buttocks.

Tinea Corporis (Ringworm)

  • Sharp-edged skin in a ring with a scaly outside
  • Itchy skin
  • Healthy skin inside the ring

Ringworm can appear on various areas of the skin’s surface, but contrary to its name, isn’t an actual worm.

Can I use Lamisil?

Most people are able to use Lamisil unless you’re allergic or under the age of 16 You should tell your doctor if you’re taking any other medicines, including herbal remedies, but topical Lamisil isn’t known to interact with any other drugs.

What are the side effects of Lamisil?

Whilst it’s well-tolerated, Lamisil is still a medicinal product and can cause side effects like all other medications. Some of the most commonly reported symptoms associated with Lamisil use are:

  • Skin peeling
  • Scabs
  • Itching
  • Burning sensation
  • Lesions
  • Skin colour changes
  • Redness
  • Pain or irritation at application site

You may not experience any of the side effects mentioned above, so try not to worry about the list. Some symptoms such as irritation at the site of application may actually be down to the condition itself rather than the treatment.

How do I use Lamisil?

Lamisil cream and gel are really easy to use. They’re topical antifungal treatments which means they’re applied straight to the area that’s affected.

You should use the cream or gel once a day for 7 days. Spread a thin layer over the affected area and gently rub it in.

Lamisil cream and Lamisil gel are only intended for external use. It doesn’t treat internal fungal infections such as oral or vaginal thrush. Other medicines are available for these conditions.

Don’t use Lamisil more often than stated. It won’t make your infection go away any faster but might increase the severity of the side effects you may feel.

You must finish the course of treatment even if you feel better or if your symptoms have disappeared.

How long does Lamisil take to work?

The cream and gel should be applied for 7 days. Don’t stop using the treatment even if your symptoms have already disappeared.

Most people find that when they start using Lamisil, their symptoms subside within a couple of days. The week-long usage indicated on the patient information leaflet is to prevent the infection from coming back.

If your infection hasn’t disappeared after a week, you should visit a doctor for advice.

What other treatments are available?

If your fungal infection is advanced, Lamisil is also available in tablet form.

Depending on how you react to terbinafine, other medicines such as miconazole are available that can also be applied topically. Miconazole is also an antifungal treatment.