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Fungal Infections

Fungi are present in the soil, air, on our skin and on our food. In most of these cases, they are completely harmless, however, some types of fungi can thrive and spread in different places on the body, such as the skin, nails, hair or vagina, creating infections in these places. On the skin, the most common fungi belongs to the group know as “tinea.” Athlete’s foot (Tinea pedis) is a common fungal infection on the feet and toes and is easily spread through human contact. Tinea infections can also lead to ringworm of the scalp (Tinea capitis) and ringworm on the body (Tinea corporis). Tinea infection can also lead to fungal nail infections. Other fungal infections such as Thrush are caused by an overgrowth of a different type of fungus that lives harmlessly on the skin. This is known as Candida and is a yeast.

Antifungal medicines

Antifungal medicines are used to treat fungal infections that most commonly occur on parts of the skin, hair and nails. They come in various different forms such as:

  • Topical treatments - creams, gels, ointments or laquers that are applied directly to the skin, nails, hair or affected area.
  • Oral antifungal treatments - tablets, capsules or liquid medicine
  • Intravenous antifungal treatment - injections that are usually applied in hospital to treat more serious cases of fungal infection
  • Intravaginal antifungal pessary treatment - tiny pellets or tablets that can be inserted into the vagina to treat vaginal thrush.

What can be treated with an antifungal medicine?

Infections that can be treated with antifungal medication include the following:

  • Fungal nail infections (fingernail and toenail)
  • Athlete’s Foot (Tinea pedis)
  • Thrush
  • Ringworm (Tinea Corporis or Tinea capitis)

In certain cases, a fungal infection can develop within body tissues creating a greater risk to the patient. In these instances, the patient is at greater risk of developing a serious fungal infection if the immune system has been weakened, as is often the case when taking immunosuppressant medication to treat conditions such as cancer, or HIV for example. Fungal infections such as aspergillosis, which affects the lungs, and cryptococcosis, which can lead to meningitis, must be treated in hospital.

How do antifungal medicines work?

Antifungal medicines work in two ways, depending on the type of infection and its location on the body.

One way is by preventing the fungal cells from producing a substance called ergosterol, an important component of fungal cell membranes. By disrupting this process, the cell membranes leak out and cause the cells to die.

Another way is by preventing the fungal cells from growing and spreading.

Our price promise commitment means that as we match prices nationally, prices will go down (and up) accordingly.

If you see or buy a treatment online and find it cheaper with a high street competitor (whether or not they also sell online), as long as their service conditions are comparable, then we’ll match that price for you or refund the difference. The cost of the treatment must include consultation charges for medication without a prior prescription. Comparable service conditions include factors such as delivery charges and timescales (such as Shutl delivery), and consultation charges.

If you’ve already purchased the treatment online, please make sure you report the price match within 28 days of receiving it. If you’d like to buy the product but want us to price match first, please check that you’re providing the most up to date information you can obtain when you submit your claim.

We’ll be asking you for full details of the treatment, the competitor and their prices, so please do check that you have this information to hand before you contact us.

Please note though, that we won’t refund the difference in price paid if you could have bought the product more cheaply with an online-only retailer: examples of this include chemistdirect.co.uk, who sell only through their websites or mail order and not via high street shops. We also don’t match competitors who are in administration or closing down.

UK Delivery Options

Delivery option Cost Details
Royal Mail Signed For™ £2.95 Usually next working day including Saturdays but may take up to 3 working days after dispatch.
Orders placed on weekdays before 2pm will usually be dispatched the same day. Orders placed on weekends/bank holidays will be dispatched the next working day.
Royal Mail Special Delivery™ £5.95 Special delivery before 1.00pm the next working day (not including Saturday) after dispatch.
Orders placed on weekdays before 2pm will usually be dispatched the same day. Orders placed on weekends/bank holidays will be dispatched the next working day.
UPS Express £12.50 Next working day delivery before 10:30am (not including Saturday) after dispatch.
Delivery to some postcodes in Scotland will incur a £10 surcharge. This will be indicated at checkout.
Orders placed on weekdays before 2pm will usually be dispatched the same day. Orders placed on weekends/bank holidays will be dispatched the next working day.

UK Collection Options

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