Miconazole cream is a topical solution that is used to treat common yeast or fungal infections that affect the skin. Common conditions such as athlete’s foot and jock itch will often be treated with miconazole cream. The cream will kill the yeast or fungus by breaking into the cell membranes of the yeast or fungus that is causing the irritation or burning effect on the skin. When the cell membranes are destroyed, the yeast or fungi will gradually die away, relieving the person of an infection in the process.
Before using the cream, you will have to make sure that they are not allergic to any of the ingredients found in miconazole nitrate. A good way to test this out would be to take a very small amount of the cream and apply it on the back or the shoulders. If there is no side effect, it is safe to apply on the infected skin.
Next before you apply, make sure you clean the infected area with warm water and soap . Areas like the groin or foot are often in contact with sweaty underpants or sweaty socks which is why infections develop in the first place.
Once the area has been cleaned, dry it and apply the miconazole cream. Try not to immediately cover it with a garment as a garment can smudge the cream away from the infected area. To effectively treat a fungal or yeast infection, the cream will have to be applied for at least 10 consecutive days.
Many people make the mistake of not applying it once the skin is not irritated although yeast and fungal infections can easily come back in a day or two. Applying it for 10 consecutive days will eliminate any chances of a comeback by the infection.
Handling Precautions For Miconzaole Creams
It is very important that one washes their hands before and after using miconazole cream. Miconazole cream can be very irritating for the eyes and mucous membranes if it comes in contact with them. Many people unknowingly touch their eyes, nose or mouth after they have applied miconazole cream. If this happens, one must immediately rinse the affected area with water until the irritation goes away. These sensitive areas are more likely to response in a poor manner, like thrush type of breakout.
The cream does not have any major side effects although people who are allergic to it might experience a very strong burning or itching sensation. The usual side effects however are a very mild and tolerable itching or burning sensation that will quickly subside just a few minutes after application.
One should also be concerned about using miconazole cream if they are allergic to certain types of foods or ointments or if they are taking any prescription medicine. Though instances are rare, there have been some cases where miconazole has shown to interfere with the functions of other prescription drugs. If you are really unsure about using miconazole cream, it is best that you consult your doctor about its usage. If you are allergic to it, you will again have to consult your doctor to find a suitable alternative that will not cause any side effects for you. Miconazole ointments are also not recommended for pregnant women or people suffering from liver disease. They do have healthier options for some treatments, such as vapors or mentholated gels versus the standard creams too.