Investigation of Anti-Dermatophytic Effects of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs on Trichophyton Mentagrophytes and Epidermophyton Floccosum

Document Type : Research article


Department of Clinical Laboratory, College of Pharmacy, University of Karbala, Iraq.


Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the most common pharmacological group that has three primary therapeutic effects including anti-inflammatory, anti-pyrexia, and analgesia. In this study, seven of NSAIDs were tested against two species of skin pathogenic fungi (dermatophytes). Percentage inhibition was determined for effective agents. Diclofenac, Aspirin and Naproxen showed much more ability to inhibit dermatophytes growth. Epidermophyton floccosum revealed susceptibility to more tested agents than those of Trichophyton mentagrophytes.
In conclusion, many of NSAIDs may have the ability to inhibit pathogenic fungi. Others may also have potential activity toward fungal growth.