Clioquinol is used in combination with a steroid or antibacterial agent as ear drops to treat inflammation or infection of the external ear (otitis externa). Clioquinol is also used to treat skin infections such as eczema (itchy skin), athlete's foot (ringworm infection, a fungal infection of the foot), jock itch (fungal infection of the groin area) and other ringworm infections.
How it works
Clioquinol belongs to a category of drugs called as hydroxyquinoline antifungal agents. It acts by interacting with DNA synthesis thus killing the fungi that are responsible for causing the infection. It may be combined with a steroid (to reduce inflammation) or an antibacterial agent (to reduce bacterial infection).
Common side effects
Burning sensation, Itching, Rash, Skin swelling, Skin redness
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- Inform your doctor if you are going to undergo thyroid or urine tests as it may interfere with test results.
- Do not use the clioquinol for more than prescribed duration to avoid toxicity.
- Clioquinol skin application may affect the results of thyroid function tests for iodine content and ferric chloride test of phenylketonuria.
- Tell your doctor before using clioquinol if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
Frequently asked questions
Q. What is clioquinol cream used for?
Clioquinol cream is used for treating skin infections such as eczema (itchy skin), athlete's foot (ringworm infection, a fungal infection of the foot), jock itch (fungal infection of the groin area) and other ringworm infections.