Fungi can be good as well as bed. They are present in the environment naturally,  but some fungi may cause an infection on human skin. They infect a part of the skin, which the immune system cannot combat easily.

For such fungal infections, there is a variety of topical medicines available in the market. One of those medicines is Clotrimazole.

This article aims to explore the uses, side effects and precautions of Clotrimazole.

Uses:

Clotrimazole is an antifungal topical medicine that belongs to an antifungal medicine class known as amidizoles.

The drug is used to treat infections such as:

  • Ringworm:

A ringworm is a fungal infection that affects skin in the form of a circular worm hence the name. The people affected with this infection may have itchy,scaly red patches on different parts of the body.

Once infected, ringworm can rapidly spread to other parts of the body.

  • Jock itch:

Jock itch is another type of ringworm that specifically infects the areas such as groin and buttocks. The fungus that causes jock itch is known as dermatophyte that usually lives on human skin without any infection,but multiply quickly and Infectiously on moist skin areas.

The infection is most common among males.

  • Athlete’s foot:

As the name suggests, athlete’s foot is common among athletes. The fungal infection is caused between the toes,with scaly rashes that burn and itch.

To cure all such conditions, you can use Clotrimazole as per your doctor’s prescription.

How to use it?

Clotrimazole comes in cream and liquid form. You can apply it on the infected area after washing and drying the area.

Make a thin layer of the cream or liquid on the part where a ringworm appears.

The ointment should not be applied more frequently than the doctor’s recommendation.

In the case of athlete’s foot,apply the cream carefully between the toes.

After applying the medicine, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and avoid contacting your hands with your eyes.

Side Effects:

Clotrimazole can cause red and itchy skin in some people. However, a very rare allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis may occur in some people. This allergic reaction is characterized by difficulty in breathing, wheezing sounds in the breaths, chest tightening and swelling on the neck, lips or face.

In case of any such allergic reaction, go straight away to your doctor without wasting time since the condition can be fatal.

Precautions:

  • The medicine should not come in contact with the eyes.
  • Do not overuse it against the prescription.
  • Never abruptly stop using it before completing the treatment.
  • Discuss any allergies with your doctor before you start treatment for a fungal infection
  • If you’re pregnant, discuss the side effects with the doctor before starting the fungal infection treatment.