Information about Tolnaftate

Tolnaftate Uses

Tolnaftate is used in the treatment of fungal skin infections.

How Tolnaftate works

Tolnaftate, an anti-fungal medicine. It prevents growth of fungal cell-wall. It also prevents forming fungal colony. This is how it causes death of fungi and relieves your infection.

Common side effects of Tolnaftate

Skin irritation, Itching, Skin rash
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Expert advice for Tolnaftate

  • Few healthy tips for Athlete's Foot:
    • Keep your feet clean and dry, particularly between the toes.
    • Cut your nails short and prefer open-toe shoes for everyday use.
    • Use a separate clean towel for the feet and wear clean cotton socks. 
    • Never share your socks, shoes, and towel with others.
  • Apply it once or twice a day as prescribed by your doctor. Do not apply more often or use longer than directed. 
  • Before each application, wash the affected area with soap and water and dry well.
  • Consult your doctor if your skin condition has not improved after 10 days of treatment. Do not use it for more than 2 consecutive weeks at a time.

Frequently asked questions for Tolnaftate


Q. Is Tolnaftate a steroid?

No, Tolnaftate is not a steroid. It is an antifungal medicine which is used to kill a wide variety of infection-causing fungus. It is applied on the affected skin or nails to treat fungal infections of the skin and nails.

Q. Is Tolnaftate effective?

Tolnaftate is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Tolnaftate too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.

Q. How to use Tolnaftate?

First of all, make sure that the affected area is dry and properly cleaned before using Tolnaftate. Then, gently and thoroughly massage it into the skin. Be careful not to get the medication in your eyes or mouth. If Tolnaftate gets in your eyes accidentally, wash with plenty of water and call your doctor if your eyes are irritated.

Q. Can we apply Tolnaftate on other parts of the body?

No, this medicine should not be used on other parts of the body like eyes, oral cavity or intravaginally. Its use should be restricted to nails and skin only. Before using the medicine consult the doctor and follow the instructions carefully.

Q. What precautions do I need to take while using Tolnaftate?

Be careful not to get Tolnaftate into your eyes or mouth. If you happen to get it in your eyes, rinse off with plenty of water immediately and contact your doctor. You must not use Tolnaftate if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients. Tell your doctor if you notice any allergic reaction while using it for the first time. Inform your doctor if you are taking any medicines regularly to prevent any allergic reaction with other medicines. Do not cover the area being treated with Tolnaftate with a bandage, as this may increase absorption of this medicine and increase the side effects. Do not use more than what is recommended to relieve your symptoms faster. Using more than what is advised will only increase the side effects. Let your doctor know if you are planning to conceive. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should use Tolnaftate only if prescribed by the doctor.

Q. What should I do if I forget to use Tolnaftate?

If you forget to use Tolnaftate, do not worry and continue using Tolnaftate as soon as you remember. However, if you are not sure and have any other doubts, please consult your doctor.

Q. Can Tolnaftate cause any local reaction or rashes?

Yes, the use of Tolnaftate may cause allergic reactions, but the probability of any such occurrence is not clear. These allergic reactions are not very common and are likely to occur in susceptible or sensitive individuals only. Immediately contact your doctor if you experience such reactions.


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