About econazole for skin infections
|Type of medicine||Antifungal|
|Used for||Fungal skin infections|
Econazole is used to treat fungal and yeast infections of the skin or nails, particularly in areas such as the groin, hands, and feet. It works by killing the fungus or yeast causing the infection.
Econazole can also be used to treat vaginal thrush. There is a separate medicine leaflet called 'Econazole for vaginal thrush' which gives information about this.
Before using econazole for skin infections
To make sure this is the right treatment for you, before you start using econazole make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or to any other medicine.
- If you are taking any medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal and complementary medicines.
How to use econazole cream for skin infections
- Before starting this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack. The leaflet will give you more information about how to use econazole cream and any possible side-effects from using it.
- Use econazole cream exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you.
- If you have been given econazole cream for a fungal infection of the skin, apply a small amount of cream to the affected area twice each day (ideally in the morning and the evening) and rub it in gently.
- If you are using econazole cream for a nail infection, apply the cream to the infected nail each day and then cover it with a plaster or similar dressing.
- Wash and dry your hands well, both before and after using econazole. This will help stop the infection from spreading.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Try to avoid getting the cream near your eyes or mouth. If this does happen, wipe the cream away and then wash the area with water.
- Continue to use the cream for 1-2 weeks after all signs of your infection have gone. This is to make sure your infection does not return.
- You should see an improvement in your condition after a few days. If your condition does not seem to be getting any better after about a week, book an appointment to see your doctor for advice.
Can econazole cream cause problems?
Econazole is unlikely to cause any unwanted symptoms, although it may cause mild irritation, redness or a burning sensation when you first use it. If the irritation becomes severe, or if you experience any other symptoms, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
How to store econazole cream
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 62nd Edition (Sep 2011) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London
- Manufacturer's PIL, Pevaryl® 1% Topical Cream,; Manufacturer's PIL, Pevaryl® 1% Topical Cream, Janssen-Cilag Ltd, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated February 2011.
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen||Peer Reviewer: Dr Helen Huins|
|Last Checked: 20/02/2012||Document ID: 13829 Version: 1||© EMIS|
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