Mycostatin Ointment is a topical medication prescribed specifically for treating yeast-like fungal infections caused by Candida albicans. This is a species of fungi that lives on your skin and in your mucus membranes, and gastrointestinal tract unnoticed until something happens that causes the yeast to multiply uncontrollably causing an infection. The causes can include taking oral contraceptives, a high alcohol consumption, and taking antibiotics.
Mycostatin Ointment or generic Nystatin is absorbed into the skin cells and binds to an essential part of the fungal cell membrane. This causes damage to the membrane and the contents leak out so the fungi are unable to grow and multiply.
Fungal infections are more prevalent in warm, moist areas such as skin folds and creases, baby’s diaper area, feet confined to sneakers for extended periods, and hands that routinely wear rubber gloves. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Ringworm is a common fungal infection that has nothing to do with a worm at all. It appears as a scaly, red rash shaped like a ring and can appear on your scalp, feet, or groin. Ringworm is highly contagious and can spread easily to other parts of your skin. Steps must be made to avoid passing this infection on to others such as keeping exposed affected areas away from direct body contact with others; bedding, towels, and clothing should be handled carefully and washed regularly.
Applying Mycostatin Ointment as directed and for as long as directed is very important as the infection may appear to be gone but it is possible for any lingering fungi to start up the infection. If the rash is on your feet and between your toes, a powdered form of Nystatin generic or brand may be better suited so footwear won’t be an issue.
Discuss other health conditions you have so your doctor can determine if Mycostatin Ointment is right for you. List all current Rx medicine and OTC products you are taking or using and include herbal preparations and vitamin supplements as any of these may affect how Mycostatin Ointment will work for you.
Mycostatin is available in various formulas that include, cream, oral tablets, vaginal cream, and a topical powder. This allows you to choose which formula suits your circumstances best.
After applying Mycostatin Ointment, you should not bandage or wrap the area as this could increase the odds for irritation. It is not known if Mycostatin Ointment is harmful for unborn or nursing babies but you should tell your doctor if you are or may become pregnant and are breast-feeding.
You should stop using Mycostatin ointment and call your doctor right away if you have severe burning, itching, rash, pain, or other irritation where the medication is applied.