Ketomac is an antifungal medication used to control scaling, flaking and itching caused by dandruff. Dandruff is caused by excessive growth of Pityrosporum orbiculare (Malassezia furfur), which is part of normal skin flora. It is also used to treat irregular white or brown patches which occur on the body and sometimes appear after being in the sun (tinea/pityriasis versicolor). Regular application of Ketomac on the scalp relieves itching and discomfort in people suffering from dandruff.
Q. How often should I use Ketomac?
If you are using it to treat dandruff, you should use it only twice weekly and if you are using it to prevent dandruff, then use it once weekly. Do not use Ketomac more often than directed.
Q. How should I apply Ketomac?
You should first wash your hair or affected area thoroughly with water. Then apply a small amount of Ketomac on the scalp. Massage properly to form lather. Leave it for 3-5 minutes, then thoroughly rinse with water. If you have long and thick hair, you can wash with your usual shampoo first and then use Ketomac.
Q. Can Ketomac be used in kids?
No, Ketomac is not approved for kids and the safety in the children is yet to be known. Refrain from self-medicating this medication in children or yourself and consult your doctor for advice.
Q. I have started using Ketomac. By when can I expect to start seeing the improvements?
The symptoms of the infection, such as itching or soreness, should improve within a few days of treatment. However, the signs such as redness and scaling may take longer to disappear. Do not stop applying this medicine before the duration advised by your doctor, even if you feel better.
Q. Can Ketomac affect vision if it gets into the eye while washing hair?
Be careful while washing your hair and do not let the shampoo get into the eye. However, if it accidentally enters the eye, do not worry and wash your eyes gently with water.
Q. Is Ketomac an antibacterial agent?
No, Ketomac is not an antibacterial agent. It is an antifungal medicine which is used for the treatment of dandruff. Pityrosporum orbiculare (Malassezia furfur) is a fungus which plays an important role in the development of dandruff. Ketomac being an antifungal agent is very effective against the fungal infection causing the dandruff.
Q. What if someone accidentally swallows Ketomac?
Ketomac is meant for external use only and you should use it carefully so that it does not get into the mouth. Accidental swallowing is normally harmless but if you are worried, you should contact your doctor immediately.
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.