Lotrimin cream is of the most popular treatments for Athlete’s foot, Jock itch (Ringworm of the groin) and most other forms of Ringworm. These skin disorders are caused by dermatophyte fungi that feed on the epidermis. The active ingredient in Lotrimin cream is an antifungal agent called Butenafine Hydrochloride (1%). It works by destroying fungal cell membranes and eliminating the fungus. Lotrimin also contains Benzyl Alcohol which as anesthetic anti-itch properties. Something that all sufferers of fungal infections will want!
Lotrimin antifungal cream is designed to be used topically. Before applying, clean the affected areas and dry carefully. Rub a thin layer of cream over affected areas, including a few centimeters of surrounding skin. Continue using the cream for the full course of treatment, even if all visible signs of fungal infection have disappeared.
Don’t wear tight-fitting synthetic clotting while treating. Allow air to circulate over affected areas until the infection is healed (and preferably afterward as well to prevent recurrence). Shower and shampoo well after any sport that includes skin-to-skin contact, making sure your dry yourself thoroughly. If you have athlete’s foot, put your socks on before your underwear so that fungi do not spread from your feet to your groin.
- Studies indicate that Lotrimin is 90% effective against Athlete’s foot. The same fungus also causes Ringworm and Jock itch.
- Studies have shown Lotrimin ultra to have better fungicidal activity against the fungus that causes Athlete’s foot and Jock itch than tolnaftate, clotrimazole and bifonazole.
- Some users report a stinging sensation when using Lotrimin cream
- A 1-2 times daily application is needed which some users find tiresome
- Stopping treatment too early can result in the fungal infection returning