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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Ketoconazole (Definition)

This medication is used to treat fungal infections. In dentistry it is used for oral ...Read more


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Is it a bad idea to use expired ketoconazole cream?

Not dangerous: It won't hurt you; the only question is whether it will help. No harm in trying if you're trying to save money. ...Read more

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Ketoconazole cream 2% not working on jock itch after 12 days of use, twice daily. What to do?

Ketoconazole cream 2% not working on jock itch after 12 days of use, twice daily. What to do?

See doctor: It may not be "jock itch". It is not feasible to say what it may be, without examining you. Given the lack of response to a medication that should have taken care of a jock itch, it is time to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can ketoconazole cream 2% be used on the scalp? If so, how would I apply it?

Can ketoconazole cream 2% be used on the scalp? If so, how would I apply it?

Yes but why?: It is safe on the scalp but the scalp is an unusual site for yeast infection ...Read more

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Will the nizoral (ketoconazole) cream work on my shifting clouds if it is expired?

Shifting clouds?: Not sure what you mean by "shifting clouds". Please resubmit question. In general, it is not advisable to use expired medication. ...Read more

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Can desonide or ketoconazole cream be used for the face?

Can desonide or ketoconazole cream be used for the face?

Sometimes: Desonide is a steroid and can attenuate allergic and inflammatory conditions of the facial skin. Keto conazole is an anti-fungal and can be used for diagnosed treatment of facial fungus infections. Your dermatologist can assist you in diagnosis of your facial issues and recommend the best treatment. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use ketoconazole cream for ring worm while breastfeeding?

Is it ok to use ketoconazole cream for ring worm while breastfeeding?

Anti fungal cream: There shouldn't be any problem, but always defer to your pediatrician, who is the captain of the ship regarding all medicines during breast feeding. ...Read more

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Ketoconazole cream allowed when pregnant?

Ketoconazole: It's best to check with your OB/GYN. Although ketoconazole is Pregnancy Class B — there are some uncertainties regarding fetal toxicity and the way the mother's body metabolizes the medication. Topical medications have been used in pregnancy, usually because of limited absorption. However, I would first check with your OB/GYN. You don't want to risk it. ...Read more

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Can compound ketoconazole cream treat eczema?

Can compound ketoconazole cream treat eczema?

Fungus...: Ketoconazole is used for fungal infections on the skin. Eczema is best treated with regular moisturizing cream and steroid creams/lotions such as hydrocortisone. Follow up with your doctor for a better evaluation of this problem. ...Read more

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Can dermatitis cause hypo-pigmentation? And can ketoconazole cream cause adrynyl suppression

Can dermatitis cause hypo-pigmentation?  And can ketoconazole cream cause adrynyl suppression

Yes and no: Dermatitis can cause hypopigmentation (tinea versicolor, a fungal infection, is an example) and ketoconazole cream, which is an antifungal cream and not a steroid cream, doesn't cause adrenal suppression. ...Read more

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Part of my skin is gone & I'm still curing it with ketoconazole cream for many months it hasn't gone away I'm tired?

Part of my skin is gone & I'm still curing it with ketoconazole cream for many months it hasn't gone away I'm tired?

Questionable: If you have been treating your skin area that long it needs to be evaluated and changes made. Not sure what you mean by asking gone as if it is truly gone you need to see the provider about this. Have you seen a Dr. If not you really need to see your provider about this to see if can decide on a better treatment. Hope this helped. ...Read more

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Can I use ketoconazole cream on my face for folliculitis?

Can I use ketoconazole cream on my face for folliculitis?

Can, but not helpful: Folliculitis is a result of bacterial overgrowth/infections of your hair follicles...Typically, just annoying rather than dangerous. It is basically a small zit. So, topical or oral acne medications can help.
Ketoconazole is an antifungal cream (good for ringworms, jock-itch, athlete foot etc.) and will not do anything to the bacteria above.
It won't do you harm, but won't do any good.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Can ketoconazole cream heals acne?

Can ketoconazole cream heals acne?

No: It's great for the folliculitis variant of tinea versicolor / pityrosporum infection, which is famously confused with acne. Any doubt, get seen by a physician whose good at this stuff. ...Read more

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Can I use Nizoral ketoconazole cream for pimples?

Can I use Nizoral ketoconazole cream for pimples?

Pimples: Nizoral (ketoconazole) cream is a treatment for yeast and fungus. It will not treat acne pimples because acne is due to a combination of bacteria, sebum, cornification, hormones. It could make acne worse by blocking up the openings of the pores. You can get effective acne therapy from your doctor. ...Read more

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Sir I used ketoconazole cream on my own. Itching reduced but skin tearing is still there. I want to send u pic of lesion. How can I do that Sir.?

Sir I used ketoconazole cream on my own. Itching reduced but skin tearing is still there. I want to send u pic of lesion. How can I do that Sir.?

Treat a fungal rash: Ketoconazole cream should help with a rash that is caused by fungus, such as athlete's foot, jock itch or ringworm. If the rash isn't caused by fungus, it won't work -so I think you need to send a pic to a doctor here on Health Tap or a doctor in person. Fungus will attack under certain circumstances -like moisture, uncontrolled blood sugars (poor diet), other weaknesses etc, so try to fix those. ...Read more

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Pls help! Been on Nizoral (ketoconazole) cream 2percnt for 1 n half weeks now for recurring balanitis. So far little improvment. Will it get better? Its depressing

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Here are...: = irritating / itchy rashes on glans penis in those having long foreskin usually with poor hygiene;
= may be acute or chronically recurring;
= key rx is gentle cleaning ; drying the foreskin regularly, especially after each peeing plus timely ; thinly applying antifungal/steroid cream; definite rx is circumcision + good hygiene. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use alpha hydroxy face cream with ketoconazole cream?

Alpha hydroxy cream: If you are on ketoconazole cream, you are better off focusing on clearing up your fungal infection toon. Wait to use your alpha hydroxy cream, ...Read more

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I have a fungal rash which I'm using Nizoral (ketoconazole) cream for, so how long before the rash disappears?

I have a fungal rash which I'm using Nizoral (ketoconazole) cream for, so how long before the rash disappears?

Four Weeks: Depending upon the anatomic location, after using an anti fungal cream (nizoral), it may take as long as one month for the rash to disappear. ...Read more

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I need help I have something that looks like a ringworm behind my neck I went to the doctor and he gave ketoconazole cream I wanted to go away fast?

I need help I have something that looks like a ringworm behind my neck I went to the doctor and he gave ketoconazole cream I wanted to go away fast?

Patience...: Nothing is fast with any fungal infections. Be consistent, try not to forget any applications, and follow up with your doctor when she/he directed you to. It may help to take pictures (now and weekly), so you will be able to compare and appreciate your progress. ...Read more

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I have extreme itchying redness and dry skin in the area where my pubic hair grows. I been using ketoconazole cream but its not helping. What can it b?

I have extreme itchying redness and dry skin in the area where my pubic hair grows. I been using ketoconazole cream but its not helping. What can it b?

Many things: Could be an allergic reaction to soap, bubble bath, shaving (if you shave there), etc. Also could be a hair follicle infection, or even pubic lice. You should be checked by a doctor to see which it is. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi, my right foot is identified as trichophyton rubrum. I used ketoconazole cream 2%(ketoderm), but after 4months came back. Please let me know, thx?

? Wrong diagnosis: It's hard to tell from your question what the problem is. This organism can cause a number of fungal infections involving the skin and the toenail. It is also possible that what you are suffering from is another type of eczema. If the problem is recurrent "athletes foot" then perhaps you have a genetic predisposition to it. You may require chronic oral or topical antifungal treatment. ...Read more

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I ve been suffering from 2 brown spots on forearm . I used Nizoral (ketoconazole) cream and it turns to white my doc. Say it is vitiligo . But how??

It is fungal: The area was infested by a fungus which produced the dark pigment (melanin) and served as a sunblock. When you removed the fungus with Nizoral, (ketoconazole) the area underneath would look pale due to lack of sun exposure. This is called tinea versicolor. ...Read more

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I have a couple of fungus spots on the skin in the groin area. The doctor prescribed ketoconazole cream and fungus became much bigger and redder. Should I stop using that cream? Am I allergic to it? What should I do?

I have a couple of fungus spots on the skin in the groin area. The doctor prescribed ketoconazole cream and fungus became much bigger and redder. Should I stop using that cream? Am I allergic to it? What should I do?

Difficult to know: Without seeing the eruption cannot tell whether this is candida (yeast) or a superficial dermatomycosis (skin rash like athlete's foot). If it is the latter ketoconazole will not be effective. See a good dermatologist. ...Read more

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I went to the hospital with a rash under my breasts the dr. Gave me ketoconazole cream I have none left can I use miconazole cream?

I went to the hospital with a rash under my breasts the dr. Gave me ketoconazole cream I have none left can I use miconazole cream?

Yes: Most fungal infections can be cleared with either of the medications you mentioned. A few less common fungal infections will not respond to miconazole. Just remember to continue with the Miconazole cream for 7 days after the rash has disappeared. ...Read more

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I have a yeast infection under my breasts the dr. Gave me ketoconazole cream I am out can I use miconazole cream will it do the same?

I have a yeast infection under my breasts the dr. Gave me ketoconazole cream I am out can I use miconazole cream will it do the same?

Yes: Miconazole has a similar antifungal spectrum to keatoconazole. One can never guarantee that one will be better aganist a specific organism than another similar azole based cream, but it should help. ...Read more