What is nystatin cream used to treat?
Nystatin cream is an antifungal medication used to treat infections caused by yeast. Nystatin comes in various forms (powder, tablets, cream), but the cream version is intended to treat skin infections specifically.
What is a yeast infection?
Yeast infections are caused by Candida fungi. This fungus is normally present on the skin and is kept in balance by the immune system and the barrier of intact skin. However, when this balance is disturbed, the fungus can replicate very quickly, resulting in a yeast infection. This balance can be disturbed by various factors, including stress, antibiotic use, skin abrasion, excessive perspiration and more.
How does nystatin cream work?
Nystatin cream stops the growth of the infection-causing fungus by destroying the fungus' cell membrane and cell walls. With these crucial structures compromised, the fungal cells die and are therefore unable to replicate.
Where can nystatin cream be used?
Nystatin cream can be safely applied anywhere on your body with the exception of the following areas: vagina, mouth, eyes, and inside the nose.
It is important to note that nystatin cream is not to be used for vaginal yeast infections. If you are experiencing a vaginal yeast infection, we do offer specific treatment which you can access using this link.
Who should avoid using nystatin cream
Nystatin cream should not be used by individuals who are allergic to any of the medication’s ingredients.
Nystatin cream vs. ketoconazole
Similar to nystatin, ketoconazole is also an antifungal cream used to treat skin infections. However, nystatin cream specifically treats infections caused by yeast, while ketoconazole treats systemic fungal infections.
Ketoconazole is also an antifungal medication. It can be applied topically and is often used in shampoos to treat scalp infections.
Unlike Nystatin, Ketoconazole can be prescribed as an oral medication to treat serious systemic fungal infections, although it has mostly been supplanted by safer alternatives.