Miconazole for Fungal Infections
Miconazole is an anti-fungal medicine that is commonly prescribed to treat fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, dermatophytosis (ringworm) and jock itch. It is also available in an oral gel formulation for oral thrush and as a vaginal cream for the treatment of yeast infections. The primary function of Miconazole is to inhibit the synthesis of ergosterol, a vital component in the cell membranes of fungal infections.
Miconazole in Veterinary Medicine
Miconazole is commonly prescribed in veterinary medicine for the treatment of skin fungal infections, primarily ringworm and yeast infections, in cats and dogs.
Possible Side Effects of Miconazole
When used in veterinary medicine and according to the directions of both the vet and the compounding pharmacy, the side effects of Miconazole are relatively minimal. Occasionally, a pet may experience a skin reaction in which the area may become red or irritated. Some pets may be allergic to the medication as well, in which they may exhibit the following signs: hives, swelling in the face, diarrhea, vomiting, constant scratching at the site, pale gums and cold limbs. Severe allergic reactions can include seizures, shock and / or coma.
Toxicity, or overdose, is also a rarity with this topical veterinary medicine. However, if you notice your pet exhibiting any unusual signs or symptoms during the course of their Miconazole treatment, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Important Precautions with Miconazole Use
Before administering Miconazole to your pet, trim as much hair away from the affected area as possible. This will allow the medication to be more easily absorbed. A second trimming may be required over the course of the treatment as well.
When treating fungal infections, it is critical to make sure your hands are clean before and after the application. Fungal infections such as ringworm can be transferred from a pet to a human so pay particular attention to hygiene habits when applying the medication.
Avoid covering the treated area with bandages or wrapping unless directed by your veterinarian. Also, be sure to inform your veterinarian about any other medications your pet may be taking so as to avoid any drug interactions.
Fungal infections in animals can take up to six weeks to heal. Failure to complete the full cycle of treatment for this veterinary medicine can and usually does lead to a relapse of the infection.