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Ciclopirox is a synthetic antifungal. It is used for dermatological treatment of conditions like superficial mycoses. It is applied topically on the skin. It functions by stopping the growth of fungus in the toenails and fingernails.

On using Ciclopirox you may experience side effects such as burning sensation, redness, swelling, irregular heartbeat, rash, dandruff, headache and skin problems. In case of severe reactions contact your health care provider right away.

Before using this medication notify your doctor if you have any of these following conditions. If you have allergies to any foods, medicines, substances, you have a history of organ transplant, you are taking any prescription or non-prescription drugs and/or you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant anytime soon or are breastfeeding a baby.

The dosage for Ciclopirox should be prescribed by your doctor based on your condition. Before using this medication ensure to wash your hands and clean the affected area. Do not wrap the treated area with bandages or any piece of clothing. If the symptoms do not go away even after 4 weeks then notify your doctor immediately.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Dermatologist before using this medicine.

In addition to its intended effect, Ciclopirox may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Application site itching
Burning sensation
Skin redness.
Is It safe with alcohol?
No interaction found
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
Cicloxola gel is probably safe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effect on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
Cicloxola gel is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Does this affect kidney function?
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Does this affect liver function?
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Ciclopirox as ingredient
Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Sanofi India Ltd
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Micro Labs Ltd
Cipla Ltd
Carise Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Apple Therapeutics Pvt Ltd
Glaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Ciclopirox is a topical dermatological and antifungal treatment. However, the mechanism of action fr the medication is not well understood, although the loss of functionality for certain peroxidise and catalase enzymes may lead to the benefits from the drug.
What are you using Ciclopirox for?
Fungal Infections
How much was the improvement?
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
More than 2 days
Within a day
Within 2 hours
Within 6 hours
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Twice a day
Once a day
Thrice a day
How did you take this medicine?
With Food
With or without food
What were the side effects of this medicine?
Application site itching
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Lybrate is a medium to provide our audience with the common information on medicines and does not guarantee its accuracy or exhaustiveness. Even if there is no mention of a warning for any drug or combination, it never means that we are claiming that the drug or combination is safe for consumption without any proper consultation with an expert.

Lybrate does not take responsibility for any aspect of medicines or treatments. If you have any doubts about your medication, we strongly recommend you to see a doctor immediately.

Popular Questions & Answers

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Tinea Versicolor - Know More About It!

MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Tinea Versicolor - Know More About It!

Tinea Versicolor -
Tinea versicolor also called as pityriasis versicolor is an infection of the human body caused by the Malassezia fungus, which is normally found on the human skin. Normally, this fungus does not harm the body and even protect our skin from the infections or diseases. But at times, it grows rapidly and changes the skin colour, resulting in the tinea versicolor disease.

Tinea versicolor does not cause any kind of critical harm to the health or pain in your body. However, those are more of the cosmetic concerns for its patients. The disease causes small white or other coloured patches of light to dark shades in smaller to larger areas on the skin. It primarily takes place in the upper back, chest and shoulders of an individual.

However, it may impact almost any part of the body. So, if such marks are well visible on your body even on covering up with the getups, you may feel a little awkward to go out in public. This disease generally affects the young adults and teens. Other than that, the individuals residing in the humid and warm weather are more likely to suffer from tinea versicolor.

Symptoms of Tinea Versicolor:
Following are the various general symptoms of the tinea versicolor disease:

-  Light to dark skin discolouration patches mainly on the chest, back, neck, upper half areas of the arms, and other areas on the body

-  The patches may be of red, pink, brown, or tan colours

-  The short-period or continual growth of such patches for few months

-  Scaling

-  Mild to intense itching in the skin area on which such patches are seen

Normally, tinea versicolor does not cause any harm to your skin or body, just apart from the itchy temptation. Additionally, you may feel sensitivity, uneasiness and irritation in the impacted area at times. Rest than that, young and healthy people are more likely to have tinea versicolor on their skin as compare to the people of other age groups.

Note that once such marks appear on any part of the body of its patient, those may be disappeared in the cold season, and intensify again in the summer season. Those may also subside in case you shift to a cold place during the summer season also. So, it is more of a seasonal or climatic disease for its patients.

Causes of Tinea Versicolor:
As already mentioned, the primary cause of the tinea versicolor is the Malassezia class of fungus, found on the skin of a healthy person. However, the symptoms of tinea versicolor are seen only with their overgrowth. Following are the primary reasons that trigger the growth of the Malassezia fungus and consequently causes tinea versicolor:

-  Humid and hot weather, this fungus could not breed easily in the cold weather

-  Individuals with oily skin

-  Hormonal changes in the body of healthy people

-  Individuals with weaker immunity

-  Individuals who observe more sweating than usual

Prevention of Tinea Versicolor:
Since the Malassezia fungus is always there on the human skin, it is very difficult to completely prevent the occurrence of tinea versicolor. But in case you are once diagnosed with it and have got complete treatment, you may take several measures to prevent its recurrence in the future. 

Some of those are mentioned below:

-  Avoid exposure to excessive heat, which may cause you to sweat more

-  Refrain from direct exposure to the sunlight for several hours at a stretch

-  Prevent your body from tanning due to sunlight by applying sunscreen lotion on your body before going out

-  Avoid excessive sweating for any reason

-  Use a selenium-based antidandruff shampoo at least once in every few weeks

-  Avoid wearing tight clothes in the summer seasons

-  Try to wear cotton clothes for decreasing sweat

-  Adopt a well-balanced and healthy diet rich with vitamins, minerals and fibre, to keep your immune system intact

-  Avoid eating too much junk food


Take a note that there are several patients who tend to suffer from tinea versicolor during a specific set of months of every year, like from May to August. They may prevent its reoccurrence by adopting some skin strengthening treatment using the following medicines:

-  Selsun or selenium sulphide, 2.5% lotion

-  Ketoconazole, Ketoconazole or Nizoral gel or cream

-  Onmel and Sporanox (Itraconazole) capsules or tablets

-  Diflucan (Fluconazole) tablets

How is it diagnosed with Tinea Versicolor?
Normally, you are not required to worry about the treatment for tinea versicolor, being a lesser harmful disease. But, in case you see any of the symptoms associated with it on any part of your body, you may consult your doctor. Post a visual examination of the symptoms, the doctor may confirm the occurrence of tinea versicolor.

If required, the dermatologist may recommend performing a test in which some skin sample is extracted from the infected area and sent to the laboratory for the microscopic examination. A good amount of the Malassezia fungus in the skin sample confirms the tinea versicolor disease in the infected part of the body.

Treatment of Tinea Versicolor:
Post the diagnosis and confirmation of tinea versicolor, the dermatologist may recommend you the medical treatment for stopping the growth of the Malassezia fungus in your skin. This may be required only in the cases when the symptoms are severe. This treatment would also help you in avoiding the disease’s symptoms for long-term.

Some of the medicines that help in coping-up with the symptoms of this disease include the following types of antifungal shampoos or creams:

-  Clotrimazole - Lotrimin AF and Mycelex

-  Selenium Sulfide - Selsun Blue shampoo

-  Miconazole - Monistat and M-Zole

-  Terbinafine - Lamisil

The following creams or ointments may be applied locally on the skin area affected with tinea versicolor to kill the fungus:

-  Ketoconazole - Extina and Nizoral

-  Ciclopirox – Loprox and Penlac

Note: It is recommended to wash and dry the infected area before applying these creams or ointment over those. The doctor may prescribe to apply those as a thin layer at least twice a day for at least one to two weeks.

The dermatologist may also prescribe you the following pills or capsules for the treatment of tinea versicolor:

-  Itraconazole – Onmel and Sporanox

-  Fluconazole - Diflucan

-  Ketoconazole

Other than the dermatology treatment, there are certain home remedies that you may adopt for the treatment of this disease. Although all such home remedies are natural and hence safer to adopt, it is strongly recommended to discuss with your doctor before starting over those. There are certain conditions like pregnancy or other illnesses, in which these ingredients may cause harm to the body.

The doctor will diagnose your physical conditions and symptoms to ensure that any of those would not cause any harmful side impact on your body. Some of such home remedies may include consumption and/or application of the following substances on the impacted area of tinea versicolor:

-  Tea tree oil

-  Aloe vera

-  Garlic

-  Turmeric

-  Apple cider vinegar

-  Oregano oil

-  Indian lilac

-  Olive oil

-  Yoghurt


There have not been found any cases where tinea versicolor would have caused severe complication on the skin or any other part of the body. For this reason, you may leave it untreated even for a long time from its diagnosis. The only bad part is that many of its patients do not like its appearance of their body.

The primary, but mild, a complication of this disease is the discolouration of the skin. This may persist for even several weeks after starting the treatment, since the skin colour producing cells (known as melanocytes) may take that much of time for complete recovery and pigmentation. Note that this disease never imposes any permanent complication on your skin.

The symptoms are even vanished or minimized in the winter season or at colder places. Since the infection or discolouration occurs only on the surface of the skin, there is no impact on the body organs or the immune system of the patient of this disease.

Other than the weird or different coloured appearance, few patients in some rare cases may observe the enlarged size of tineas on their body. It makes them face problems wearing fitted clothes, shoes and more.

Myths related to Tinea Versicolor:
Myth #1:
Tinea versicolor, if not treated on time, may become a cause of skin cancer

Although the symptoms may look little alike, tinea versicolor is different from that of a skin cancer. Tinea versicolor is the overgrowth of a specific type of fungus on the skin. However, skin cancer is an overgrowth of the skin tissues itself, which is unstoppable. In case the symptoms on your skins are worsening over the time, it would be good to see a dermatologist at the earliest. If the physicians suspect that the discolouration or patches on the patient’s skin are due to the skin cancer, they may advise getting a biopsy test done.

Myth #2: Sitting in the sunlight would help in reducing the size and growth of tinea versicolor

Sunlight would not reduce the existing impact or stop the growth of tinea versicolor. On the other hand, the sunlight would tan the affected area and highlight it. Other than that, the sunlight would give an ample amount of heat to the fungus, which would be ideal for them to breed. So, sunlight will ultimately worsen the symptoms of tinea versicolor.

Myth #3: Once after completion of the treatment, tinea versicolor would not reoccur

This is not true. A person once affected by tinea versicolor is, in fact, more prone to catch the infection again in the hotter climate conditions. It is therefore recommended for them to take most care and follow the precautions, especially during the summer season.

Myth #4: Only the individuals with a weaker immune system may be affected by tinea versicolor

It is true that the individuals with a weaker immune system are more likely to catch an infection of tinea versicolor. However, there are multiple other reasons that tend to increase the risk associated with this disease. For instance, the healthy people undergoing hormonal changes may also suffer from this disease easily.

Myth #5: Individuals with a fairer skin are more prone to get affected by tinea versicolor as compared to those with light skin

Individuals with any colour of skin are equally likely to develop this disease considering the other affecting conditions and factors. There is nothing specific for this disease related to the skin colour.


Tinea versicolor is just the state of mild skin infection caused due to overgrowth of the Malassezia class of fungus on the patient’s skin. It does not have adverse symptoms on the skin, which also do not impose any direct health complication.

However, you must visit a dermatologist if the symptoms are not stopping over several months, for the confirmation that it is not skin cancer. Once diagnosed, you may get it treated by the doctor for the disappearance of the symptoms. You should also follow the precautions mentioned in this article to avoid this disease to take place.

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Care of nails

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Chennai
1.Trim the nails regularly. While trimming, try to trim nails straight rather than curving sharply at corners especially the great toe nails which are prone to start growing inwards at the sides and become painful.
2. Avoid biting nails or chewing nails.
3. Avoid cutting or pushing the part of skin sealing the space where the nail starts in fingers as they act as barriers to prevent infection.
4. Never rip or bite a small piece of skin next to finger nail or toenail
5. In old people with thick nails, it’s easier to cut the nails after soaking in water for 30 minutes.

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Nail Health

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Nail Health

Dip your gentle nails into warm and comfortable olive oil every once in a while for 15-20 minutes to make them hard.

Nail Health

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Nail Health

Dip your gentle nails into warm and olive oil every once in a while for 15-20 minutes to make them hard.

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Weak nails

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Ayurveda, Meerut
Weak nails
To strengthen and shine nails, combine 2 tsp. Salt, 2 tsp. Castor oil, and 1 tsp. Wheat germ oil and mix thoroughly. Pour into bottle. Shake before using. To use, rub a small amount into your nails. Leave on 3-5 minutes and tissue off. Follow up with more plain castor oil, if desired.

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