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Mycostatin Cream is a topical prescription strength cream that is used to treat fungal infections caused by the Candida species of fungi such as diaper rash or ringworm. If the native bacteria that lives on our skin naturally is decreased due to the use of antibiotics or you have a weakened immune system, Candida fungi can multiply and cause a red, scaly, itchy rash or the appearance of dry skin.
Mycostatin Cream works by binding to a major component of the fungal cell membrane, called ergosterol. This action causes pores to form in the membrane that lead to leakage and death of the fungus as they are no longer able to grow or multiply.
You will need a prescription from your doctor to purchase Mycostatin Cream or the generic Nystatin topical. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
The most common fungal infections that Mycostatin Cream treats effectively are athlete’s foot, ringworm, and jock itch. If left untreated, athlete’s foot can cause itchy, flaky skin that causes white cracks to appear between your toes and side of your foot. Damp floors of gyms, saunas, and pool areas are prime spots for picking up a fungal infection while walking around in bare feet.
Ringworm often affects your arms, legs, or face and causes a red, ring-shaped rash. This type of fungal infection is highly contagious and can easily be passed on by coming in contact with an infected person or touching contaminated clothing, combs, and damp walking surfaces. Domesticated animals like sheep and cattle, and especially cats can also carry the fungus that causes ringworm. You may need to take an oral antifungal medication if you have a severe case of ringworm.
You should not use Mycostatin Cream to treat any skin condition that has not been checked by your doctor to confirm whether it is caused by fungus. Discuss possible risks of applying Mycostatin Cream if you are pregnant, trying to conceive, or are breast feeding.
It is important that Mycostatin Cream is only used as prescribed by your doctor. This product should not be used to treat a vaginal yeast infection. Keep all medicinal products out of children’s reach and never share them with anyone else. Wash your hands before and after applying Mycostatin Cream or generic Nystatin to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to others.
You should stop using Mycostatin Cream at once and contact your doctor if you experience severe burning, itching, rash, pain, or other irritation where Mycostatin Cream is applied.