How To Choose Over-The-Counter Ringworm, Athlete's Foot, And Jock Itch Remedies

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Learn Five Active Ingredient Names in OTC Ringworm, Athlete’s Foot, and Jock Itch Remedies

Most over-the-counter ringworm, athlete’s foot, and jock itch remedies contain one of the following ingredients. Learn these, and you have greatly simplified your purchasing decisions.

1. Tolnaftate

2. Clotrimazole

3. Terbinafine

4. Miconazole

5. Butenafine

With this information, you won’t have to rely on advertising claims on packaging labels. Selecting based on ingredient name is a cost-effective way to select a product for ringworm, athlete’s foot, or jock itch.

Same Active Ingredient Under Many Brand Names

Because companies market the same active ingredient under many different brand names, consumers are confused. The brand names for each active ingredient are shown below.

The following different brand name remedies for ringworm, athlete’s foot, and jock itch contain tolnaftate1% as the active ingredient:

1. Tinactin Athlete’s Foot Cream

2. Tinactin Jock Itch Cream

3. Tinactin Liquid Spray

4. Tinactin Power Spray

5. Tinactin Deodorant Powder Spray

6. Tinactin Pump Spray

7. Tinactin Jock Itch Powder Spray

8. Tinactin Foot and Sneaker Deodorant Powder Spray

9. Tinactin Super Absorbent Powder

10. Ting Spray Liquid

11. Ting Antifungal Cream

12. Ting Spray Powder

13. Aftate for Athlete’s Foot

14. Aftate for Jock Itch

15. Quinsana Plus Antifungal Powder – Foot

16. Absorbine Footcare

17. Dr. Scholl’s Odor Destroyers Foot and Sneaker Spray Powder

18. Lamisil AF Defense Shake Powder

19. Lamisil AF Defense Spray Powder

20. Lamisil AF Defense Cream to Powder

The following different brand names remedies for ring worm, athlete’s foot, and jock itch contain clotrimazole 1%:

1. Lotrimin AF Athlete’s Foot Cream

2. Lotrimin AF For Her Athlete’s Foot Cream

3. Lotrimin AF Jock Itch Cream

4. Desenex Itching and Burning Relief Cream

Some products are also available under the generic name (no brand name) of clotrimazole and other brand names are available. Read the ingredient list first.

The following are terbinafine 1% ring worm, athlete’s foot, and jock itch remedies. They are all marketed under the Lamisil brand name. The main difference is the vehicle that the active ingredient is in:

1. Lamisil AT cream (for athlete’s foot)

2. Lamisil AT Spray Pump (for jock itch)

3. Lamisil AT Cream for Women

4. Lamisil AT Athlete’s Foot Treatment Gel

Terbinafine 1% is also available under the generic name (no brand name). If the husband and wife both have athlete’s foot, advertising claims might dupe them into buying two products. Selecting based on the active ingredient will save time and money.

Miconazole 2% is the active ingredient in the following ringworm, athlete’s foot, and jock itch remedies:

1. Micatin Antifungal Spray Powder

2. Micatin Antifungal Spray Liquid

3. Micatin Jock Itch Spray

4. Micatin Cream

5. Micaderm Cream

6. Neosporin AF Cream

7. Lotrimin AF Athlete’s Foot Liquid Spray

8. Lotrimin AF Athlete’s Foot Powder Spray

9. Lotrimin AF Athlete’s Foot Deodorant Powder Spray

10. Lotrimin AF Athlete’s Foot Powder

11. Lotrim AF Jock Itch Powder Spray

12. Zeasorb-AF

13. Prescription Strength Desenex

14. Fungoid Tincture

15. Cruex Antifungal Spray Powder

16. Desenex Antifungal Powder

17. Desenex Antifungal Spray Powder

18. Desenex AF Liquid Spray

19. Desenex Foot Powder

20.Ting Foot and Jock Itch Spray Powder

Unless you understand that Lotrimin AF Athlete’s Foot Powder Spray and Lotrimin AF Jock Itch Powder Spray contain the same active ingredient, you might buy both if you have athlete’s foot and jock itch. Reading the active ingredient simplifies the selection between these 20 brand names.

Lotrimin offers the following two butenafine 1% products:

1. Lotrimin Ultra Athlete’s Foot Cream

2. Lotrimin Ultra Jock Itch Cream

Someone with athlete’s foot and a jock itch might waste money and buy both products if packaging claims are relied on.

Same Brand Name for Different Active Ingredients

Lotrimin brand appears on the butenafine, clotrimazole, and miconazole products. If you have used Lotrimin before and want to buy the same product again, you might accidentally come home with a different active ingredient if you rely on brand name.

Consumers who buy Ting antifungals may also be confused.Ting uses its brand name on tolnaftate and miconazole products,


Although the active ingredient is the same for two or more products, they are sometimes advertised for different uses. If the strength and active ingredient are the same, the choice between two ringworm, athlete’s foot, or jock itch remedies can be made based on price or preference for vehicle. For example, creams may penetrate the skin and stay on longer than sprays. If you can’t bear to touch the skin, you could choose a spray. Depending on the site of the infection, the preparation may need to be used longer. Always read directions specific to the fungal infection you are dealing with.

DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended as a recommendation of any ringworm, athlete’s foot, or jock itch remedy. This information is not intended to diagnose or make the decision for you about whether to seek medical evaluation of your fungal infection by a qualified doctor. This article is intended to educate you about the main ingredients that are found in OTC ringworm, athlete’s foot, and jock itch remedies so that you can make an information-based choice.

Sources: I am a registered pharamacist and I have presented these facts as a drug expert. I have verified my facts by consulting: Facts and Comparisons, published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.


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