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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
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
Azoles inhibit the growth of fungi.
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.
Azoles are effective for treatment of ringworm of the skin.
For better absorption into the body, take azole pills with cola or
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.
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
March 21, 2011
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology
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