We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Is Tolnaftate?

By Jacquelyn Gilchrist
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Tolnaftate is a medication prescribed for the treatment of fungal infections. It is commonly marketed under the brand names Lamisil®, Tinactin®, and Tinaderm®. Patients with ringworm, jock itch, and athlete's foot may use this drug to suppress an infection. It works by stopping the fungi from reproducing. Tolnaftate is a type of medication called an antifungal and it may be used alone or in conjunction with other medications.

Most patients will use this medication twice daily. This dosage schedule may vary, because dosage strengths are not necessarily the same for every brand. Patients should carefully read the instructions or talk to their pharmacist or doctor before applying the medicine. Improvement should be noticed within three days and patients should continue to use the drug for two weeks after the symptoms dissipate. This is to ensure that the infection is completely gone and does not come back.

Tolnaftate is available as a cream, powder, or spray. Before applying tolnaftate, patients should carefully wash and dry the affected area of skin. Those using the cream should apply just enough of the medicine to cover the area and distribute it evenly. Tolnaftate powder should be sprinkled on the affected area. If the patient has athlete's foot, he should ensure that the medicine gets between the toes and on other affected areas of the foot, as well as inside his shoes and socks.

This antifungal drug is also available in an aerosol form. Those using the aerosol powder should shake the canister and spray the affected area of skin, holding the canister away from the skin. Patients should be careful not to inhale the medicine or spray it near an open flame. After each application of any form of this drug, patients must wash their hands thoroughly.

Before using tolnaftate, patients should talk to their pharmacist or doctor about their other medical conditions. It may be contraindicated for use by those with peripheral vascular disease, diabetes, or any immune system problems. Patients with allergies should discuss them with a doctor prior to use. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also talk to their doctors. This drug is not intended for use by children who are under two years of age.

Most patients will experience no side effects or very minor side effects. Tolnaftate may sometimes cause irritation of the skin. People who suffer an allergic reaction to the antifungal drug may notice tightness in the chest, problems breathing, and swelling of the face, tongue, or lips. They may also experience itching, hives, and a rash. Those who experience an allergic reaction should seek medical help immediately and discontinue use of the drug.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.