Pros: maximum strength, cures and prevents athlete's foot for adults and children
Cons: can only be used twice a day for a four-week period
The Bottom Line: A swipe with a swab twice a day will keep Athlete's Foot at bay and under control.
Several weeks ago I received a telephone call from the School Nurse telling me that the aide for my non-verbal autistic son said he was scratching his foot. From the description the Nurse heard she thought it might be Athlete's Foot.
After speaking with me she had the aide bring my son to her office so she could look at his foot. When she called me back she was not 100% certain what the redness was on his foot, but we discussed since my son had some cream from a ringworm rash on his leg months prior that I would try this on the spot.
After researching through my Merck Manual I learned that Athlete's Foot is a form of ringworm so I continued using the cream. While at Rite Aid another day I opted to purchase the Gold Bond Medicated Antifungal Foot Swabs for $5.99. I knew right away by looking at the box and directions that these swabs are used the same way as the Orajel Medicated Toothache Swabs.
The case is plastic with a snap enclosure to keep the contents in securely. There are 24 swabs with a blue ring around one side. The affected spot needs to be washed and dried before applying the liquid that lands in the bottom of one tip. I find it easier to snap the tip in another room and just have the swab ready when I apply the layer. If you have an impatient child this works easier and they do not need to watch the process.
The trick with the colored ring side of the swab is to break it at the tip and then toss that in the garbage. The liquid gel will then move down to the end of the other tip. This is a clear gel with no scent and easy to apply with one or two strokes across the area. The swab is three inches long and easy to bend, but the tip needs to be broken at the top. The case is easy to close, but sometimes you need two hands to release it open.
The medicine flows to the other end quickly, this is not a messy process, but caution should be used in storing this out of reach of children. You would not want a child to put this in their ear. I did not see any warning on the box or container, but just my thoughts.
It is recommended to do the application in the morning and at night. Children should be supervised when this is being administered and only for those over the age of two. Shoes and socks should be changed daily with the shoes being well-fitted and ventilated. Everyone takes off their shoes upon entering our house and my son removes his socks immediately thereafter.
The Gold Bond Medicated Antifungal Foot Swabs can be used daily for a four-week period. If treatment is necessary beyond this time frame it is advised to consult with a Physician. It might be necessary to use more than one swab for an area, but they need to be disposed of after using. The swabs are not an effective treatment for scalp, nails or diaper rash and is for external use only.
With daily treatments of the Gold Bond Medicated Antifungal Foot Swabs you are preventing the Athlete's Foot from resurfacing. The itching and burning that is associated with Athlete's Foot as well as scaly skin between the toes will heal with twice daily use.
The active ingredient found in Gold Bond Medicated Antifungal Foot Swabs is 1% Tolnaftate. Inactive ingredients are BHT, ethoxydiglycol, PEG-8 (227-159). The box does not show an expiration date, but the portable container has listed on the back label the date of 05/05. The step by step directions with accompanying diagrams are also on the label.
My son actually prefers the Clotrimazole Cream I use instead of the Gold Bond Medicated Antifungal Foot Swabs. I think this is because he cannot see what is going onto the affected area and the cream is a white substance. Trying to do this for a four-week period is not easy to remember, but the foot looks almost cleared up. When my son had the ringworm I used a label to put on the tube of cream saying ringworm so we would not use this on something inappropriate.
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