Best Products for Treatment of Ringworm or Athletes Foot?

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Article by: Clinical Marketing Project Students, Taylor Mills, Rebecca Reeve, Sarah Ruggles, and Tonia Hall-Wade

When treating cases of fungal infections like ringworm or athletes foot, one may become confused due to the amount of products that are on the market. Other than knowing what a specific brand treats, how often do people actually look at the ingredients on the back of the bottle? It is important to not let the fancy brand names fool customers in the selection of the right product. Fortunately, this article is aimed to inform readers what ingredients are best to treat ringworm and athlete’s foot.

                As gross as this topic may be, it is estimated that over 20% of Americans have some form of fungal infection. Dermatophytes are fungi that cause skin, hair, and nail infections. Infections caused by these fungi are also sometimes known as “ringworm” or “athlete’s foot”.   There are more categories of fungal infections, but this article is reserved to ringworm and athletes foot since they can be treated with over the counter measures.

Most fungi live in the soil and are involved in decomposition, but they can infect living hosts. Usually, ringworm and athlete’s foot are not dangerous because the fungi only feed on dead skin cells. However, fungal infections are easily spread by direct contact with an infected person or animal, bedding, or clothing.

Symptoms of athlete’s foot include irritation and burning between the toes with scaling and odor that proceed. The reason fungal infections occur on the feet is because fungus thrives in warm and humid climates. Ringworm also occurs on areas of the body that are moist such as below the armpit. Ringworm presents as ring shaped, scaly region with central clearing.

Fortunately, these minor conditions can be treated with over the counter products. Before going through the best active ingredients, it is important to go over what form of treatment is best. For instance, there are advertisements all over television for creams, sprays, powders and solutions. So which one is most effective? The best forms of treatment are actually creams and powders because they are rubbed into the skin unlike sprays and solutions. For lesions that are leaking fluid it is best to treat with an astringent like aluminum salt before antifungal treatment. This dries out the lesion so that antifungal treatment will be more effective.

One group of ingredients to look for that treats both ringworm and athlete’s foot are clotrimazole 1% and miconazole nitrate 2%. A common brand containing these ingredients is Lotrimin cream or powder. Another active ingredient that treats both conditions is butenafine which is commonly included in Lotrimin ultra. Lastly, tolnaftate which is in Tinactin, is used to treat both conditions and is the only compound approved for treat and preventing future fungal infections. All of these treatments should last around 2-4 weeks.

It is important to combine these over the counter treatments with nonpharmacological treatments. Nonpharmacological treatment includes keeping the affected area clean and dry, avoiding contact with infected individuals or pets, and not sharing bedding.

If you have any questions regarding more information on the best products to choose, contact a pharmacist at your local Fruth pharmacy.   

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NCPA Launches Any Willing Pharmacy Campaign During August Congressional Recess

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Aug. 11, 2014) –The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) announced today a nationwide campaign to let Congress know the importance of giving Medicare beneficiaries better access to the pharmacy of their choice and letting community pharmacies in medically underserved areas have the opportunity to participate as “preferred” pharmacies in Medicare drug plans.

“The Medicare pharmacy choice proposal, H.R. 4577, is popular with voters, supported by key consumer advocates and has strong, bipartisan backing from dozens of cosponsors,” said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA. “But pharmacy choice supporters need to educate more members of Congress and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 4577. They should ask their senators to introduce ‘any willing pharmacy’ legislation in the Senate. The August congressional recess is the ideal time for pharmacists and other supporters to engage their elected representatives, and these tools and resources that NCPA has provided make it easy.”

 

Grassroots toolkit

To facilitate interaction by pharmacists and other supporters of pharmacy choice with their representative and senators during the month-long congressional recess, NCPA has compiled a grassroots toolkit, available online. It features a checklist of grassroots activities as well as sample material that pharmacy choice supporters can personalize with their own experiences and utilize. These include an email to Capitol Hill, a letter to the editor, social media content, bag stuffers and more.

Radio-ready advertisements

In addition, NCPA has released two 60-second radio advertisements. Both can be utilized by community pharmacies as paid ads on their local radio stations, information for consumers calling the pharmacy, content for pharmacy websites or for other purposes.

The first ad, “George and Joan,” depicts a married couple newly eligible for Medicare and upset to discover that their drug plan is forcing them to pay more for their medications or switch pharmacies. George reacts, “A bunch of darn bureaucrats. Joan, we’re 67 years old and have been running our lives and paying taxes. Now, they tell us how to live.” The ad concludes by noting, “It’s time politicians know – greater access to medicine starts with more choices for you.”

The second ad, “Rigged,” summarizes how insurance middlemen effectively tell people where to get their prescription drugs by making it too expensive to go to another pharmacy of their choosing.

“Three huge corporations control about 70 percent of all prescription orders in our country – 70 percent!” the announcer notes. “That’s big money! And that blocks local community pharmacists from having a real shot at competing.” She concludes, “Don’t let bureaucrats and big money restrict your access to the medicine you need.”

Web banner ads for online use

NCPA also developed banner ads for websites. The ads make the case for patient access to medication and pharmacy choice and can be hyperlinked to more information at NCPA’s dedicated “any willing pharmacy” Web page: www.ncpanet.org/pharmacychoice. Community pharmacies can feature them on their websites or sponsor them as advertisements on local online news outlets such as newspapers. The ads were produced in industry-standard sizes (300×250 and 728×90).

 

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The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America’s community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent an $88.7 billion health care marketplace, dispense nearly 40% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 300,000 individuals, including over 62,000 pharmacists. To learn more, go to www.ncpanet.org, visit facebook.com/commpharmacy, or follow NCPA on Twitter @Commpharmacy.

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Fruth Pharmacy Celebrates Updates, New Manager, and TV Winner

New manager for the Pomeroy location, Tom Hawley, helps a customer load purchases into her vehicle.  Hawley won Manager of the Year for Fruth Pharmacy in 2013.

New manager for the Pomeroy location, Tom Hawley, helps a customer load purchases into her vehicle. Hawley won Manager of the Year for Fruth Pharmacy in 2013.

Left to right:  Grand Prize Winner Lola Whittington is pictured with Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy.

Left to right: Grand Prize Winner Lola Whittington is pictured with Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy.

Pomeroy, OH (June 13, 2014) – Fruth Pharmacy in Pomeroy held a Grand Re-Opening Celebration on May 2nd – May 8th to celebrate new changes in the store.
Pomeroy Fruth Pharmacy received a make-over – with the store receiving a brighter, newer look. New Manager for Pomeroy, Tom Hawley, was able to meet and greet customers this day.
Hawley, winner of Manager of the Year for 2013 for Fruth Pharmacy, was happy to take charge of the Pomeroy location.
“I’m from Pomeroy – this is a ‘homecoming’ of sorts for me. I’m glad to be managing in my home community,” Hawley stated.

Various prizes were awarded during this week. Winning the Grand Prize HDTV was Lola Whittington of Middleport.

About Fruth Pharmacy:
For over 61 years, Fruth Pharmacy has served customers in Ohio and West Virginia. Fruth offers a Prescription Savings Club, Loyalty Rewards Club, and Free Local Prescription Delivery. You can connect with Fruth Pharmacy at http://www.fruthpharmacy.com. Fruth can also be found on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and WordPress.

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Fruth Pharmacy in Mineral Wells Celebrates Updates and Winners

Left to right: Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy, presents Kathrine Cline with her prize from Mineral Wells Grand Re-Opening Celebration.

Left to right: Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy, presents Kathrine Cline with her prize from Mineral Wells Grand Re-Opening Celebration.


Mineral Wells, W.Va. (June 13, 2014) – Fruth Pharmacy in Mineral Wells held a Grand Re-Opening Celebration on May 2nd – May 8th to celebrate new changes in the store.
Mineral Wells Fruth Pharmacy received a make-over – with the store receiving a brighter, newer look. Manager Kevin Archer was excited to meet with customers during this week and hear their comments.
Various prizes were awarded during this week. Winning the Basketball Hoop was Kathrine Cline of Mineral Wells.

About Fruth Pharmacy:
For over 61 years, Fruth Pharmacy has served customers in Ohio and West Virginia. Fruth offers a Prescription Savings Club, Loyalty Rewards Club, and Free Local Prescription Delivery. You can connect with Fruth Pharmacy at http://www.fruthpharmacy.com. Fruth can also be found on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and WordPress.

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Nitro Fruth Pharmacy on the Move

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Story and Photos Courtesy of St. Albans Monthly

 

Jack Fruth opened the first Fruth Pharmacy 62 years ago in Point Pleasant, WV, which serves as the home for Fruth’s corporate headquarters. Over the years, Fruth Pharmacy has grown to 27 stores in Southeast OH and West-central WV, employing about 700 people.

In 1984, Fruth Pharmacy opened in Nitro. Lynne Fruth, President and daughter of Jack, explains the doors are closing on the current location, but are re-opening across the street, on the corner of 21st and Bank Streets.  The new store opens for business on Sunday, May 18th.  The Grand Opening is on Friday, June 6th, with refreshments, balloons for children and a ribbon-cutting cutting ceremony at 10:00AM. The Grand Opening continues through June 12th, featuring special deals, coupons and prizes, showcasing departments within the store.

“This new location for the Nitro store is about 20% larger than the old location, housing a larger pharmacy area,” says Ms. Fruth. The expanded pharmacy includes a private counselling/treatment room, larger waiting area and a drive-thru window.  Fruth offers free local delivery of prescriptions, which can include additional store items.  Other featured areas include: pet supplies, gifts & cards, groceries, household items, and a thirty-six foot section dedicated to $1.00 items. 

There is a special area dedicated to local high school apparel and memorabilia, representing Nitro, Poca and St. Albans High Schools. The schools receive 10% of the proceeds.

Fruth is also known for community involvement. “For 22 years, we’ve hosted a fund-raiser golf tournament, which has raised over half a million dollars to support our scholarship program,” a proud Lynne Fruth states. Twenty-eight fully-endowed scholarships are awarded annually to help local students who might not otherwise be able to attend college.

Bob Vogel, Nitro store manager, along with the friendly staff, welcome you to the new Nitro location. Be sure to join them and Lynne Fruth for the Grand Opening on June 6th and enjoy all the specials during Grand Opening week!

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