Impingem: how to get it? See treatment options

Tinea, or impotence, belongs to the group of contagious skin diseases. Therefore, the patient must take care with the use of objects and clothes, to prevent people close to them from developing the infection.

It is also necessary to make an appointment as soon as you notice the symptoms, as there is a risk of complications arising due to the fungi responsible for the disease. To learn more, read the text below!


What is impinging?

Impingem (also called ringworm) is the popular name used to refer to dermatophytosis caused by fungi that settle on the surface of the skin.

These fungi are classified as dermatophytes and feed on the keratin present in the epidermis, both of humans and animals (dogs and cats).

In general, there are 3 genera of fungi that cause impingement ( Trichophyton Microsporum Epidermophyton). 

The infection usually begins in a moist area of ​​any region of the body (hands, feet, face, groin, scalp, etc.) that has come in contact with the dermatophyte fungus.

Contact can occur in two ways: directly, through contact with animals or people with the infection, or indirectly, through damp places and objects (clothes, sheets, towels, etc.) used by those who have the disease.

It is possible to notice the impingement by means of small round shaped lesions with a reddish color that cause itching.

If it is not diagnosed and treated in time, fungi can proliferate rapidly throughout the entire body.

Depending on the affected area, the infection is given a specific name, for example:

  • Feet – Tinea pedis
  • Beard – Tinea barbae
  • Body – Tinea corporis
  • Groin – Tinea cruris
  • Scalp – Tinea capitis

Impingem is usually diagnosed by a dermatologist by analyzing the symptoms presented, such as:

  • Red spots that spread over the body,
  • Round or oval shaped lesions with thick edges;
  • Swelling and itching;
  • Flaking of the injured regions (even on the scalp, with the possibility of loss of hair on the spot);

In order to have an accurate identification, some exams can be ordered by the professional.

What causes it to get on your skin?

Impingem is caused by fungi of the dermatophyte class, which, when installed on the surface layer of the skin (epidermis), are able to feed on the keratin extracts that are in dead cells.

Keratin is a type of protein that is important for the growth of nails and hair, and also for the skin to stay hydrated, as it is impermeable, which ends up hindering the dehydration process of the cells.

The 3 genera of fungi most related to impingem are:

  • Trichophyton; 
  • Microsporum; 
  • Epidermophyton.

These groups of fungi have a “preference” for some parts of our body, such as the armpits, groins and scalp, due to the heat and humidity.

How do you get it?

Impingem is transmitted when there is contact with infected lesions, thus, some of the possible situations of catching the disease are:

  • Contact with infected dogs and cats;
  • Through the ground, walking barefoot, lying on the ground, on which an infected person stepped;
  • Using objects from someone who has the disease, such as clothes, towels, sheets, without them being washed;
  • Sharing kitchen utensils like glasses, cutlery and plates with the person who has it;
  • Touching directly to an infected region of the sick person’s body.

If you have been through any of these situations, be aware that the spots may not appear immediately after contact, taking between 4 and 10 days to appear.

Therefore, if someone close to you is suspected or suspected of having an infection, it is recommended to seek medical advice so that the infection is not transmitted.

Treatment: what is good to kill impinge on the skin?

In general, after finding by a specialist that the patient has an urge, ointments and creams will be prescribed to apply over the infected areas.

However, when the case is more severe, reaching the immune system, for example, pills that have antifungal properties (systemic treatment) can be prescribed.

These forms of treatment are indicated for the purpose of preventing the fungus from multiplying quickly to other regions of the body, and also to provide symptom relief.

Usually, the procedure of applying antifungal ointments to the skin lasts for two weeks, even if there are no more wounds. This way it is possible to guarantee that no microorganism remained in the place.

During the treatment of impingem it is also recommended to follow strict hygiene instructions, so that there are no major complications of the symptoms, and also not to transmit the disease to other people in the community.

The drugs used in systemic treatment, in general, are Fluconazole, Itraconazole and Terbinafine.


This active ingredient is part of the group of azole antifungals, which are considered the safest for systemic treatment.

Its function is to prevent invaders from synthesizing compounds (called steroids) in the body and consequently reproducing.

Some brands with Fluconazole are:

  • Zol t ec ;
  • Zelix ;
  • Flucanil ;
  • Pronazole ;
  • Flucovil .

The marketed pills usually contain 50mg, 100mg, 150mg. Therefore, the amount to be used varies according to medical guidelines.


Itraconazole is also an antifungal compound belonging to azoles, which according to studies has the ability to inhibit an important component for fungal cells, ergosterol.

In general, when treatment is started with this drug, fungi tend to disappear within 2 to 4 weeks.

Some options that may be indicated by the dermatologist are:

  • Itralex ;
  • Traxonol ;
  • Sporanox ;
  • Itrax ;
  • Itraspor .

Typically, these medications are also prescribed for other fungal infections, such as candidiasis .


Terbinafine Hydrochloride has antifungal action, being especially indicated in cases of mycosis in the nails, however it can also be prescribed to treat impingem.

Among the options are:

  • Funtyl ;
  • Lamisil ;
  • Z ior ;
  • Ceremil ;
  • Tertop ;

The dosage of each medication varies according to the type of ringworm to be treated, and the most common side effects are headaches, nausea, allergies and diarrhea.

What is the best ointment to impose and what is the price?

The antifungal ointments normally indicated are part of the Azolic group.

The appropriate treatment must be indicated by specialists, that is, only after consultation with a dermatologist will the best ointment be prescribed for each patient.

However, those that are usually indicated by specialists are those that have antifungals from the group called Azoles in their formulation.

Some brands available with these active ingredients are:

  • Clotrimazole ( Can and sten , Dermobene , Clotrimix );
  • Ketoconazole ( Nizoral , Dermitrat , Izonax );
  • Isoconazole ( Icacort , Icaden );
  • Miconazole ( Micotics , Ciconazole , Vodol ).

We emphasize that it is important to follow the dosage present in the package insert and also to follow the prescribed medical guidelines.

Home remedies: can lemon or vinegar kill impotence?

There is no scientific proof that using lemon and vinegar can kill the foil.

In addition to being inefficient, the use is contraindicated by specialists, since in some cases it can help to further aggravate the infection.

However, there are some alternatives that can be done at home to relieve symptoms and help to improve the condition.

For example, using cold water compresses on the lesion helps to reduce itching and, consequently, make it worse.

Another option is to apply moisturizers that are indicated by a (a) dermatologist in the affected region, avoiding flaking and drying of the skin.

Maintaining a healthy diet and adequate water consumption is also important during this period.

How to prevent it?

With the arrival of summer, cases of impotence start to increase, due to the season being the hottest and humid of the year, which ends up favoring infections.

Thus, some precautions can be adopted during this period, such as:

Do not stay in wet clothing

Since summer is a holiday season, many people travel to beaches, places with a pool, rivers and waterfalls, to cool off.

Thus, it is almost inevitable not to get wet clothes – it turns out that this can contribute to the emergence of the impinge.

The tip is also valid for those who exercise at the gym, because in this case there is an accumulation of sweat on clothes leaving it wet.

Therefore, try to take spare clothes to these places, as it is possible to avoid staying in wet parts for a long time.

Do not walk barefoot

Walking through damp areas without protection can also be favorable for the installation of fungi on the soles of the feet, generating the footprint that is popularly called athlete’s foot ( Tinea pedis) .

Therefore, trying to always be in shoes and also clean socks helps not to give space for the infection.

Control excessive sweating

The sweat produced by the armpits is considered one of the great allies for the manifestation of impingem.

Therefore, using antiperspirants and frequently drying not only the armpits, but also other regions that sweat a lot, contributes to make fungi more difficult to access.

Do not share personal items

Indirect contact with dermatophyte fungi through objects where they are found is one of the ways to catch them.

Therefore, avoiding the sharing of items for personal use such as clothes, sheets, towels, glasses, cutlery, among others, is a means of preventing the disease.