Topical Antifungals and Systemic Antifungals in the Management of Candidiasis


B Vivek Babu and Jayanth Kumar Vadivelu*


Candidiasis: A fungal infection typically on the skin or mucous membranes caused by candida.

Systemic antifungal: There are 3 main classes of systemic antifungals: the polyene macrolides (Amphotericin B), the azoles (the imidazoles Ketoconazole and Miconazole and the Triazoles itraconazole and Fluconazole) and the allylamines (Terbinafine).

Topical antifungal: Antifungal creams, liquids or sprays, These are used to treat fungal infections of the skin, scalp and nails. They include Clotrimazole, Econazole, Ketoconazole, Miconazole, Tioconazole, terbinafine, and amorolfine.

Material and Method:

A cross sectional retrospective study of, study population will 58 patients visiting Saveetha Dental College and Hospital with oral Candidiasis. Their antibiotic prescription was found. The data was tabulated and analysed. SPSS by IBM was used for data analysis.


Males were 69 % affected by candidiasis. Most common age group affected was from the age of 50 years to 60 years i.e 69 %. Clotrimazol was the most common antifungal used as topical antifungal i.e 98.3 %.


Males are most commonly affected. 50 to 60 years of age is the most common affected group. Clotrimazole is the most common topical antifungal used.