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Tolnaftate Topical



Tolnaftate topical is used for the prevention and treatment of fungal skin infections like athlete’s foot (ringworm infection in webspaces of toes and soles of feet) or dhobie itch (groin ringworm).

How it works

Tolnaftate belongs to the class of medications called as antifungal agents. It works by preventing the synthesis of essential compounds (ergosterol) required for fungal cell wall synthesis, thus interfering with the growth of fungus, thereby preventing or treating the infection.

Common side effects

Hormone imbalance, Allergic reaction, Slow growth in children and teenagers, Contact dermatitis, Skin irritation


Expert advice

  • Continue to use tolnaftate topical until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after starting tolnaftate. 
  • Inform your doctor if symptoms do not go away.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. 

Frequently asked questions

Tolnaftate Topical

 Q. Is tolnaftate topical good for jock itch or toenail fungus or nail fungus or ringworm or tinea versicolor?
Yes, tolnaftate can be used against all these infections.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)