Kanizol Soap is used to treat skin infections which may appear on the feet (Athlete’s foot), in the groin area (jock itch), or between skin folds (sweat rash infected with a yeast infection “thrush”). It is also used for candida infections of skin and nails. It rapidly relieves the itching caused due to these fungal infections.
Q. Is Kanizol Soap a steroid cream?
No, Kanizol Soap is not a steroid cream. It is an anti-fungal medicine which belongs to the imidazole class of medicines. It works by killing the fungi or by preventing the growth of fungi that cause infection.
Q. What are the side effects of Kanizol Soap?
The common side effects are application site burning, redness, and itching. The application site may also develop some uncommon side effects such as discomfort, dryness, bleeding, severe allergic reactions, urticaria or hives, rash, skin exfoliation, sticky skin, prickling sensation, or inflammation.
Q. Can I use a steroid cream along with Kanizol Soap?
It is recommended that you use a mild steroid ointment like hydrocortisone cream/ointment in the morning and use Kanizol Soap in the evening. You can then stop using the steroid cream gradually over 2-3 weeks. But, if you have used a potent corticosteroid for seborrheic dermatitis, maintain at least a gap of 2 weeks before you apply Kanizol Soap to prevent skin sensitization.
Q. How should Kanizol Soap be applied?
Wash the affected area thoroughly with water and then dry it. Wash your hands carefully (until and unless your hands are also affected) after applying Kanizol Soap. This will prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of the body or other people.
Q. For how long do I need to use Kanizol Soap?
You should use Kanizol Soap for as long as advised by your doctor. Generally, it is to be used for 2-4 weeks for jock itch and sweat rash and 2-6 weeks for Athlete’s foot. Do not stop using it even if your symptoms have disappeared because the infection may reappear if not properly treated.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 14th Mar 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.