Also known as ketoconazole topical cream, brand name Nizoral is a medication used to treat skin infections such as athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm, and dandruff. It can also be used to treat a skin condition called pityriasis, a fungal infection that causes a lightening or darkening of the skin. Nizoral is an azole antifungal that works to prevent growth of fungus.
To use this topical medication, clean and dry the affected area and apply a thin film of cream to skin once or twice a day. Dosage and strength will be up to your dermatologist’s diagnose of your condition. Do not apply this medication to the eyes, nose, or mouth. If this medication does get into your eyes, rinse thoroughly with copious amounts of water.
Side effects include stinging, swelling, irritation, or redness of the treated area. If any of these symptoms persists, notify your dermatologist immediately. Also notify your dermatologist also if blistering or open sores occur.
Nizoral is a prescription medication and cannot be purchased over the counter.