Fenticonazole, also known by its CAS number 72479-26-6, is a pharmaceutical substance that belongs to the class of antifungal drugs. It is primarily used to treat various fungal infections, including dermatophytosis (ringworm), candidiasis (yeast infection), and pityriasis versicolor (a fungal skin infection).
Fenticonazole works by inhibiting the growth and reproduction of fungus in the body. It does this by interfering with the synthesis of ergosterol, an essential component of the fungal cell membrane. Without ergosterol, the fungal cell membrane becomes leaky and weak, leading to the death of the fungus.
This pharmaceutical substance is available in various formulations, such as creams, powders, solutions, and suppositories, allowing for different routes of administration depending on the type and location of the infection. It is typically applied topically or vaginally, and in some cases, it may be prescribed orally.
Fenticonazole has shown efficacy in treating a wide range of fungal infections and is