Precautions

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

If your skin infection does not improve within 4 weeks, or if it becomes worse, check with your doctor.

Tinea versicolor may cause skin to appear darker or lighter, or spots of both. These changes in color can last for months even when the fungal infection has been eliminated. Continuing treatment longer than recommended will not cause skin color to return to normal faster. Consult your physician if you believe the fungal infection may have returned.

To help clear up your skin infection completely and to help make sure it does not return, the following good health habits are important:

  • For patients using butenafine for athlete's foot, these measures will help keep the feet cool and dry:
    • Carefully dry the feet, especially between the toes, after bathing.
    • Avoid wearing socks made from wool or synthetic materials (for example, rayon or nylon). Instead, wear clean, cotton socks and change them daily or more often if your feet sweat very much.
    • Wear well-ventilated shoes (for example, shoes with holes on top or on the side) or sandals.
    • Use a bland, absorbent powder (for example, talcum powder) or an antifungal powder freely between the toes, on the feet, and in socks and shoes once or twice a day. Be sure to use the powder after butenafine has been applied and has disappeared into the skin. Do not use the powder as the only treatment for your fungus infection.
  • For patients using butenafine for jock itch, these measures will help reduce chafing and irritation and will also keep the groin area cool and dry:
    • Carefully dry the groin area after bathing.
    • Avoid wearing underwear that is tight-fitting or made from synthetic materials (for example, rayon or nylon). Instead, wear loose-fitting, cotton underwear.
    • Use a bland, absorbent powder (for example, talcum powder) or an antifungal powder freely once or twice a day. Be sure to use the powder after butenafine has been applied and has disappeared into the skin. Do not use the powder as the only treatment for your fungus infection.
  • For patients using butenafine for ringworm of the body, these measures will help keep the affected area cool and dry:
    • Carefully dry yourself after bathing.
    • Avoid too much heat and humidity if possible. Try to keep moisture from building up on affected areas of the body.
    • Wear loose-fitting clothing.
    • Use a bland, absorbent powder (for example, talcum powder) or an antifungal powder freely once or twice a day. Be sure to use the powder after butenafine has been applied and has disappeared into the skin. Do not use the powder as the only treatment for your fungus infection.