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Have tinea on eye. Started itching all around eye. How can I get rid of the tinea permanently?

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Posted on Sat, 10 Nov 2012
Question: I have bouts of tinea on the side of my instep on my feet and somehow I must have transferred the tinea to my left eye which is now very itchy all round the eye. It is two days now. My left eye weeps all the time and I use Zaditen eye drops as well as an ointment which I get prescribed. But it is around the eye that is itchy.

When I get the tinea on my feet I can get rid of it by tinea spray but it reoccurs after a few weeks. How can I get rid of the tinea permanently? Would appreciate your advice. Thank you. XXXXXXX.
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Rodrigues (55 minutes later)
Hi there XXXXXXX
1. Air all your shoes in bright sunlight (sunlight is the best antifungal)
2. Similarly treat al other socks/towels/fomites with hot water et al; it recurs because of the fomites or if your immunity is down for some reason eg diabetes
3. The eye lesion may be different & may require a combination cream of hydrocortisone-miconazole for a few days 3-5days & then shift to a plain antifungal
4. Systemic oral antifungals eg Itraconazole 100mg twice/day for a week may be the way forward but in consultation with your doctor as it is prescription controlled; alternative medications are fluconazole 200mg once/week for 2-4 weeks & Terbinafine hydrochloride 250mg once/daily for 2 weeks to a month....depending on the situation & definitely prescription controlled!
Trust this advice is clear, viable & will help sort you out & ensure good skin health!
Cheers & Godspeed!
Dr Praveen Rodrigues MD
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Have tinea on eye. Started itching all around eye. How can I get rid of the tinea permanently?

Hi there XXXXXXX
1. Air all your shoes in bright sunlight (sunlight is the best antifungal)
2. Similarly treat al other socks/towels/fomites with hot water et al; it recurs because of the fomites or if your immunity is down for some reason eg diabetes
3. The eye lesion may be different & may require a combination cream of hydrocortisone-miconazole for a few days 3-5days & then shift to a plain antifungal
4. Systemic oral antifungals eg Itraconazole 100mg twice/day for a week may be the way forward but in consultation with your doctor as it is prescription controlled; alternative medications are fluconazole 200mg once/week for 2-4 weeks & Terbinafine hydrochloride 250mg once/daily for 2 weeks to a month....depending on the situation & definitely prescription controlled!
Trust this advice is clear, viable & will help sort you out & ensure good skin health!
Cheers & Godspeed!
Dr Praveen Rodrigues MD