What Is the Treatment for a Fungal Infection?

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Common fungal infections of the skin, such as athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm and diaper rash, usually respond to topical anti-fungal creams or sprays, according to WebMD. Over-the-counter products are often sufficient, but sometimes doctors must prescribe oral or topical medications. Specific treatments depend upon the location of the infection.

Oral thrush is a fungal infection of the mouth caused by the fungus Candida albicans, states Mayo Clinic. White lesions appear inside the cheeks or on the tongue, gums, roof of the mouth, tonsils or back of the throat. In many cases, doctors prescribe medicines such as lozenges or mouthwashes to combat the infection.

A vaginal yeast infection is caused by the candida fungus, Mayo Clinic reports. It typically causes itching and burning sensations. Most of these infections respond to short-term courses of over-the-counter or prescription antifungal creams, ointments, tablets or suppositories. More stubborn infections must be treated for several days.

In addition to medication, athlete's foot, jock itch and diaper rash are treated by keeping the affected areas clean and dry, recommends WebMD and MedlinePlus. Anyone with jock itch must be sure to change underwear daily. Babies with diaper rash should be kept in clean, fresh diapers as much as possible.