Ketoconazole is a medicine used to treat fungal infections like athlete's foot, ringworm infections, seborrheic dermatitis, and skin yeast infection. It is available in shampoo, cream, foam, and gel form. The common side effects include nausea, headache, liver problems, and redness in the area of application.

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What are the methods available to cure my dandruff?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from dandruff for more than a year. I am a prefinal year student and my gender is female. Please suggest a solution for dandruff. Can I use One shot dandruff killer?  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Shakeel Akthar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Dandruff is formed due to oily scalp. If you are using oil for hair, please avoid it. Dandruff cannot be cured permanently. It can only be controlled. For now, use Ketoconazole shampoo (Nizral shampoo twice weekly for three weeks and thereafter once it is controlled, us...  Read Full »

What causes dry skin and flaking of skin on the face?

Query: Hi doctor, Please take a look at my case of skin dryness and flaking on my face. This is a cyclic condition which occurs almost every 7-8 months. The dryness persists for 1-2 months during which I also have general body itching over hands, legs and under my ribs on the sides. The strange thing is t...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all I would like you to thank for giving me a perfect clinical history with perfect photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is a crystal clear case of seborrheic dermatitis and is moderate in nature. It is a fungal infection and is ve...  Read Full »

I have a rash on my face that has come back more aggressive than before. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 20 years old and suffering from a rash on my face. The first breakout was around five weeks ago. I noticed a red spot above my left eyebrow after hearing a stressful news and eventually it spread to my chin and above my lip. I was at the beach and after around three days, the rash...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It could be seborrheic dermatitis or photodermatitis. Allergies may be playing a role. All these are visual diagnosis and the lab tests or biopsies have limited or no role. Seborrheic dermatitis is more commonly present with dandruff and similar rashes on the neck an...  Read Full »

I have two circles close to each other on my back. What could this be?

Query: Hello doctor, I have two circles close together on my back. Each one is just under 1/2 cm to 3/4 cm in diameter. Any feedback would be appreciated.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern, It looks like you have pityriasis versicolor, a form of a superficial cutaneous fungal infection. It is caused by a fungus called Malessezia Furfur. As the name suggests, it can be of various colors like dark, light, skin-colored, or red....  Read Full »

Can there be any adverse side effects if minute amount of KZ lotion is ingested?

Query: Hello doctor, Recently, I applied KZ Lotion on my scalp. After washing my hands with soap, I ate food as I was hungry. I did not notice any lotion present on my hand but I suspect I had not washed my hands properly. I am currently on Warfarin. Could that minute amount of KZ lotion have adverse effec...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This shampoo has antifungal agents. They are as such, not harmful if taken in very small amounts. Now, if by mistake you have consumed a small amount of it, I do not find any reason to worry, as slight systemic absorption of any lotion or cream applied occurs nor...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a permanent cure for ringworm.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from ringworm for the last one and a half months. Currently, my arms, legs, and face are infected. Along with this suffering, I am itching in my armpits, leg pits, and scrotum only in the summer seasons or after sweating. My current medications are Tyza 200 or IT Mac...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your query. You are on the right medicine for ringworm, but there may be chances that you may have a resistant strain of fungus. So, should not use any steroid-containing cream. Now, I suggest the tablet Trfy 250 mg (Terbinafine) once daily for 21 days, ...  Read Full »

Why do I have round and colored patches on my neck that are spreading?

Query: Hello doctor, I have round and colored patches on my neck. They started on one side and are now spreading. Can you kindly suggest some medicines? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would be happy to help. Are the lesions itchy? What is your occupation? Do you have prolonged sun exposure? Is there burning on exposure to the sun? Have you used any steroid cream in the past? Do you have any autoimmune diseases? Kind...  Read Full »

I get irritation and small red bumps on my forehead after using Nizoral. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I started using Nizoral on my face over the past four days, and I think it is irritating my skin. I am getting small red bumps on my forehead, and I do not know if this is normal. The symptoms are getting worse.  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not worry. You have developed a reaction to Nizoral (Ketoconazole - 1%). Ketoconazole can cause allergies to the skin, like redness, itching, and tiny bumps. Stop applying Nizoral on your face. Instead, I suggest applying Hydrocortisone 1% cream on the face in a ...  Read Full »

Temperature fluctuations after having sex with a CSW. Am I HIV positive?

Query: Hello doctor,I had a protected sexual encounter with a CSW. The very next day I found little white nonraised dots on the head of my penis. The dermatologist told me that it was a fungal infection and prescribed Ketoconazole cream and Fluconazole tablet. However, I have undergone an HIV antibodies te...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Manchanda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Firstly, if the condom had been used consistently and correctly and it did not break or slip off then the chances of acquisition of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) or any other STI (sexually transmitted infections) is nonexistent. Another reassuring point is tha...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for dry patches in the corners of the mouth in a four-year-old?

Query: Hello doctor,My four year old son has a one-inch dry scaly pink (sometimes red) patch next to the corner of his mouth. He is healthy. He uses hypoallergenic sunscreen at his camps. It has been five weeks and it is not getting better. He does not have a history of eczema, etc. It does not itch or hu...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your query and concern. From your description, it seems like your son has either have pityriasis alba, impetigo or cheilitis (perioral dermatitis). Stop all applications and get a review with a picture at the earliest. Revert with more information to a de...  Read Full »

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