Athlete’s Foot can become pretty miserable and many people will treat it with Absorbine Jr. Antifungal Medication or Tolnaftate, a topical medication, in either, gel, cream, lotion, spray or powder from, which can relieve these symptoms quickly. Other names for this medication are: Blis-To-Sol, Fungatin, Fungi-Guard, NP 27, Desenex Spray, Podactin, Genaspor, Hongos, T-Athlete, Tinactin, Tinaspore and Ting.
Many people don’t consider that topical medications can have side effects, but they can.
Serious side effects are not expected with proper usage, but like all medications, many side effects are still unknown. You should tell the doctor if you have allergies, especially those to medications or some serious side effects may occur or are on other medications. Drug interactions can occur with any medications, so it’s better to stay safe than to suffer later.
The only warning this medication seems to carry is that it is to be used, “Externally”. However, the chemical in the Antifungal can actually disrupt and kill cells. You should be very careful to avoid overuse.
It is not recommended for children under 2 years of age to use this medication. Side effects in the elderly are not yet known and are not expected to be any different than those in other adults.
You should also tell your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing as the effects of the medication on breast milk is unknown at this time, as well as, whether or not it causes birth defects. Remember, topical medications can enter your system through the pores in the skin, so even though you are not ingesting them, they can still be harmful.
Some of Absorbine Jr. Antifungal’s known side effects are: Itching, redness, peeling, oozing fluid, dryness, skin irritation, even severe blistering. Some cases of sensitization to butylated hydroxytoluene, found in some of the tolnaftate topical medications have been reported.
The Antifungal’s more severe allergic reactions can include, rash, hives, dizziness, difficulty breathing, a feeling of tightness in the chest, swelling in the mouth, face, lips or tongue. If you experience any allergic reaction to medication, stop using it immediately and call your doctor.
You can also report any medication’s side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Drug interactions should also be reported immediately, as well as, accidental overdose or if children or pets gain access to the medication. Notify your physician or the poison control center, right away.
This medication may also be used for other types of skin infections, Jock Itch, Ringworm, itchy scalp, palms and soles of the feet and nail infections, among others.
It’s important that while using this medication, you follow your doctor’s advice and the instructions listed on the packaging. Always wash your hands before and after the application and apply to clean, dry areas that are affected. It’s very important that you avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose or mouth and that it be kept out of the reach of children and pets, as with all chemical-based medication. Your doctor will tell you how long to continue the use of the medication and in theory it should work well for clearing up the infections.