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Ketoconazole Questions

Have you or someone you know been prescribed Ketoconazole. This could cause questions such as what is this medication used for or what the side effects are. Generally when a medication is prescribed individuals are not always aware of its side effects. An Expert can shed light on this subject and answer many questions.

What is Ketoconazole?

Ketoconazole is a topical medication that is used to treat and prevent fungal infections. There are several other infections that can be treated with this medication such as jock itch, ringworm, seborrhea (dry, flaking skin) or athlete’s foot. This medication can be obtained in a cream, shampoo or even gel form. The form of medication can depend on what area and the type of infection that needs to be treated.

What are side effects of Ketoconazole that an individual can suffer from?

An individual can suffer from several different side effects when using Ketoconazole medications. These side effects can include but are not limited to:

Mild side effects:
• Dry skin
• Mild itching of the site the medication was administered
• Slight headache

Severe effects:
• Sever itching, irritation of the skin or burning sensation
• Dry or oily scalp
• Hair loss
• Oozing, redness or pain of the treated area
• Eye swelling, irritation or redness

These are just some of the side effects that can occur when using Ketoconazole medications. For more information about this medication read below where Experts have answered several frequently asked questions.

Would it be safe to be in a hot tub with a fungal infection whereas it has been treated with Ketoconazole for five days instead of six?

An infection that only needs treatment for under a week can be considered a mild infection. Considering this infection is only being treated for six days, it could be safe to enter a hot tub. This is only if the infection is not present on the skin anymore. If the infection is still present on the skin mildly it could still be safe but may not be recommended. Now, in the case the infection is still showing severely then a hot tub can cause the infection to spread not only on the individual with the infection but to others as well.

Can an individual with heart failure switch from Itraconazole to ketoconazole? How long does it take for the Itraconazole to leave the blood system?

An individual that is taking Itraconazole can switch to Ketoconazole. However Ketoconazole can also cause someone to have an unusual heart rhythm. If the heart issue is what is causing the switch it could be the same even after the switch. As for how long the Itraconazole takes to clear the blood system this can be between one to two weeks. It can be important to wait until this medication is out of the system before switching to a new medication. The reason for this is because both medications cause heart issues and having both in the system at the same time can be too much for the heart.

Can Ketoconazole be taken for a fungal infection instead of Triamcinolone?

Ketoconazole is an antifungal medication, so it could be used in place of Triamcinolone. This type of switch in medication should be discussed with a general physician. The reason for this is because an individual can experience several side effects upon changing medications too quickly.

Ketoconazole is a medication that can treat many different fungal infections. However, this medication can have mild to severe side effects. Ketoconazole should be used properly and if there are severe side effects the medication should be discontinued. For more information about Ketoconazole individuals can contact an Expert.
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