Contracting any kind of fungi can be embarrassing and undesirable especially in the form of ringworm. There are a variety of topical creams to choose from that claim to have formulated the solution to kicking these types of fungi to the curb rapidly. Today we review Lotrimin AF Ringworm Cream which claims to do exactly that. The manufacturers have claimed they have found a greaseless, odorless solution to curing ringworm and relieving symptoms such as itching, irritation, and redness.
These are our findings:
- Clotrimazole – 1%
- Benzyl alcohol
- Cetyl alcohol
- Cetyl esters wax
- Polysorbate 60
- Sorbitan Monostearate
- Stearyl alcohol
Clotrimazole is an antifungal medication that is used topically on the skin to prevent the growth of fungi. While in some cases this ingredient may be effective, using a formula of Clotrimazole and an inactive ingredient such as Benzyl alcohol does come with potential adverse side effects which may worsen the symptoms of ringworm. From our research, we have found that natural ingredients such as Tea Tree Oil and Undecylenic Acid are more effective than Clotrimazole and Benzyl alcohol when it comes to the treatment of ringworm and eliminating dryness and irritation caused by fungi.
The manufacturer’s of Lotrimin AF Ringworm Cream recommended dosage is to apply the cream twice a day to the infected area for 4 weeks. Should symptoms persist, it is recommended that you discontinue applying the cream and consult a doctor. While the packaging does insist that this product works rapidly, applying the cream twice a day does not seem to be effective. Depending on the area of infection, the cream may rub off before being fully absorbed. According to research, antifungal creams should be applied at least 4 times a day to get the desired results of relief from ringworm.
Possible Side Effects
The side effects include irritation, itching, redness, tingling, numbness, dryness or a rash. Lotrimin AF Ringworm Cream is recommended for adults and children over the age of 2. One should consult a physician if irritation occurs or if there is no improvement within 4 weeks of using the product.
A 0.42oz tube of Lotrimin AF Ringworm Cream retails for $8.44 online and can be purchased only through third-party retailers. Lotrimin offers a limited 2 per person discount coupon of $1.50 from its website which can be downloaded and used when purchasing the product online.
Unfortunately, Lotrimin AF Ringworm Cream offers no money back manufacturer’s guarantee for their bold “clinically proven” statement which is boldly stated on their packaging and website. While this may be sold over the counter, it is in the consumers best interest to consult a doctor first before purchasing this product without a risk-free guarantee.
Conclusion of Our Lotrimin AF Ringworm Cream Review
After conducting research, Lotrimin AF Ringworm Cream may offer some potential effectiveness in the treatment of ringworm at a competitive price along with the discount coupon provided, however, We do have some concerns. Studies, as well as various customer reviews, have noted that the ingredient Clotrimazole has actually caused the ringworm to spread and side effects have worsened the condition by causing further dryness, itching, and irritation. Contrary to the claim of the products clinically proven formula, consumers have no validation from the manufacturer as to how the product works as informative links on the website are broken. Without the manufacturers guarantee some consumers may lose out on compensation should the product not work in 4 weeks or side effects occur. The downsides seem to outweigh the positives, therefore, we recommend that consumers seek alternative antifungal treatments.