Fungal infections are itchy, annoying, and contagious so it’s important that you see your doctor to be certain your skin condition is fungal so you can take measures to avoid spreading it to others by treating it with Mentax, a topical antifungal cream.
Mentax or generic Butenafine Cream is a prescription strength cream that can treat jock itch, ringworm, athlete’s foot, and a skin condition called pityriasis versicolor which can cause changes to the skin color of your neck, chest, arms, or legs. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
When applied as directed, Mentax will work to block the production of ergosterol by stopping the actions of an enzyme that has an important role in sterol production. Ergosterol is an essential component of fungal cell membranes that are constructed for protecting the fungus from outside substances getting in or cell contents leaking out. Without this sterol, cell membranes form holes and the fungus cannot survive.
Mentax can be applied to the rash caused by Malassezia, the yeast-like germ that causes pityriasis versicolor, also known as tinea versicolor. A small community of this germ lives on our skin and will usually mind its own business, but some people are more prone to an increase in their population and can develop a rash.
This rash can be itchy and will result in patches of different colored skin that will be much more noticeable on darker skinned individuals. The changes to your skin pigment occurs as the Malassezia fungus produces an acid that interferes with the pigment called melanin that gives you your hair, skin, and eye color. The good news is tinea versicolor is not contagious. The bad news is that there is no cure for it, only treatment whenever something triggers its appearance.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding before applying Mentax to be certain it is safe for your unborn or nursing baby. Discuss other medical conditions and allergies with your doctor and list any OTC or Rx meds you currently take or use, including alternative medicine. Your doctor can then determine if Mentax is the right Rx for you.
Wash your hands before and after applying Mentax to avoid getting it in your eyes, mouth, or nose. Make sure the area to be treated has been washed and dried thoroughly so Mentax will be completely absorbed into the skin cells. Continue treatment with Mentax for the prescribed time period doctor has recommended or the infection could restart. Do not apply Mentax on children under 12 years of age. Keep Mentax and other medication out of children’s reach and away from pets.