Which medications in the drug class Antifungal agents are used in the treatment of Cutaneous Candidiasis?

Updated: Jan 17, 2020
  • Author: Richard Harold "Hal" Flowers, IV, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Antifungal agents

Some antifungal agents exert their fungicidal effect by altering the permeability of fungal cell membranes. The mechanism of action also may involve an alteration of RNA and DNA metabolism or an intracellular accumulation of peroxide toxic to the fungal cell.

Nystatin (Mycostatin)

Nystatin is a fungicidal and fungistatic antibiotic obtained from Streptomyces noursei. It is effective against various yeasts and yeastlike fungi. Nystatin changes the permeability of the fungal cell membrane after binding to cell membrane sterols, causing cellular contents to leak.


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