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Dry skin complications

Dry skin is a fairly common medical condition, but if left untreatedit may lead to the development of certain complications. In most cases thosecomplications are actually different types of skin infections such as dandruff,ringworm, jock itch or athlete’s foot. Other common complications includecertain fungal infections such as pityriasis. This medical condition ischaracterized by darkening or lightening of the skin and it may occur on thelegs, arms, chest or the neck.

Ketoconazole for skin treatment

Ketoconazole is a certain type of cream with very potent imidazoleantifungal properties. It is very efficient in interfering with the formationof the fungal cell membrane, weakening them and killing the fungi once theybecome extremely sensitive. This occurs when the weakened cell membrane letsthe cell content leak out and lead to the death of the fungi. This type ofmedication should only be used on the skin. The area which needs to be treatedneeds to be cleaned and thoroughly dried before applying the medicament. Thedoctor usually directs the proper application of the medication, but in mostcases it is used once or twice during the day. Since it can be used for thetreatment of various different types of infections, the length as well as thedosage of the treatment may vary from person to person. One should never applymore than it is prescribed, because that will not accelerate the healingprocess. It may only lead to the development of certain unwanted side effects.One should always apply the cream to the affected areas of the skin only, withthe inclusion of certain smaller portions of the surrounding skin. It isstrongly recommended to wash the hands after each application of themedicament. The affected areas of the skin should never be bandaged, covered orwrapped unless directed by the healthcare provider. This type of cream shouldnever be used in the vagina, mouth, nose or the eyes because that may triggercertain unwanted effects. If it still somehow gets to the eyes, they need to berinsed thoroughly with water. One needs to remember that Ketoconazole needs tobe used on a regular basis and at the same time of day in order to provide thebest results possible. Even if the symptoms start disappearing, it is veryimportant to always use the medication until its full prescribed amount isfinished. If the medication gets stopped too early, the harmful fungi mayreappear.

Side Effects and Interactions

Ketoconazole may sometimes be associated with certain typesof side effects and the most common of them all include redness of the treatedarea of the skin, along with redness, irritation, swelling and stingingsensations. The doctor always prescribes a certain medicament according to thejudgment tha its benefits are much greater than all the potential side effects.This is why one needs to inform the healthcare provider if any of theaforementioned side effects occur. Ketoconazole may in some rare cases beaffiliated with certain serious side effects such as open sores and evenblistering. Some extremely rare cases have also included allergic reactions tothe medication. Such allergic reactions can easily be characterized by symptomssuch as trouble breathing, severe dizziness, swelling of the throat, swellingof the tongue, swelling of the face, itching and rash. This is why one needs toinform the doctor whether he or she is allergic to certain types of medicationsas well, such as other types of azole antifungals. Some ketoconazole productscontain sulfites, and there are people allergic to sulfite which should beextra careful when choosing their preferred ketoconazole products. Pregnant andbreastfeeding women should definitely steer clear of this type of medication asit is unclear whether it can harm the baby or the milk. The same can be saidfor all women who are planning to become pregnant. One needs to check with thedoctor if any drug interactions may occur during the ketoconazole therapy. Itis highly recommended to inform the healthcare provider about all the dietarysupplements or herbal preparations taken, because they too can cause certaininteractions with ketoconazole. Additionally, there are certain types ofmedical conditions which may interact with a ketoconazole therapy. Those includesulfite sensitivity, porphyria, liver disease and low levels of sugar in theblood. People who drink more than three alcoholic beverages per day should alsoavoid using ketoconazole for the treatment of skin infections and other similarskin related medical conditions. If one swallows ketoconazole it may also leadto severe side effects such as poisoning. The medication should never be sharedwith other individuals or other medical conditions which are not associatedwith the prescription. A missed dose should never be doubled in order to catchup, and the medication should never be used in children.

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