Azoles for Ringworm of the Skin
Cream or lotion (topical, applied directly to the skin)
Azoles are a class of antifungals used to treat ringworm of the skin.
Clotrimazole/betamethasone (Lotrisone), a combination antifungal and corticosteroid, is sometimes used to treat ringworm that is burning, itchy, and inflamed. Use this prescription medicine with caution, because complications can arise with long-term use of corticosteroids.
How It Works
Azoles inhibit the growth of fungi.
Why It Is Used
Azoles are used to treat ringworm of the skin. Creams are usually used first. You can get some azole creams, such as Micatin, without a prescription. If an antifungal cream does not clear up the infection or if the infection is severe and widespread, then your doctor may prescribe antifungal pills.
How Well It Works
Azoles are effective for treatment of ringworm of the skin.
For better absorption into the body, take azole pills with cola or orange juice.
Side effects are rare when you use azole creams to treat ringworm of the skin. When you use azole pills, side effects may include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
People taking antifungal pills may have their blood counts and liver and kidney function monitored during treatment to watch for any bad side effects. This may not be needed in healthy children.
What To Think About
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