Clotrimazole Review

Clotrimazole Review

Clotrimazole is a common treatment on the market for fungal infections especially ringworm. The product is over the counter and in cream or liquid.

Children who are under 17 years old are not advised to use the product. Adults and teenagers can use Clotrimazole for their ringworm treatment. Clotrimazole is known on the market as Lomitrin or Lomitrin AF. Those products contain the two main active ingredients: clotrimazole (stop the growth of fungus), and betamethasone (calm down the itchiness, redness, and swelling of skin infections).

Before applying the cream, make sure it is cleaned and dried completely. Applying it directly on the fungal infected area or ringworm circles for best results. Patients are recommended to use clotrimazole twice a day.

Loose-fitting clothes are also recommended to be worn after applying the cream. Do not put on bandage, or wrap the treated area unless under a doctor’s instruction.

Do not apply Clotrimazole on eyes, mouth, nose, ears or inside the vaginal organ. Make sure to flush it with lots of water if it’s accidently applied to those.

There are many different symptoms of fungal infections that Clotrimazole can treat. As for ringworm, the treatment usually last 2-4 weeks. However, the usage of Clotrimazole should not be larger than 45 grams (if it’s cream) and 45 milliliters (if it’s lotion) per week.

Patients should let their doctors know if their condition does not get better after 2 weeks for ringworm because it can be a serious condition like cancer or STDs. Make sure to keep on applying the cream until the prescribed time is completed to prevent recurrences.

There are many reported side effects of Clotrimazole and the most common ones are burning, stinging, or skin drying. If those symptoms continue on, patients should let their physicians know immediately.

There are also uncommon but severe side effects: skin discoloration, acne, hair bumps, stretch marks, etc.

Let your doctors know if you are allergic to drugs such as ketoconazole, corticosteroids, or clotrimazole itself before starting to use the treatment. Other medical history problems in blood circulation and immune system should be notified as well.

Elderly patients needs to be more cautious due to their thin skin therefore more sensitive to Clotrimazole. Children under 17 years old are also more sensitive to corticosteroid which can negatively affect the child’s rate of growth

Physicians do not advise Clotrimazole for pregnant women unless it is essentially needed.

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