Side effects of Ketoderm
Ketoderm (ketoconazole) is the Canadian brand name for a prescription drug that can be used to treat yeast or fungal infections. These include a yeast skin infection called cutaneous candidiasis, athlete’s foot, jock itch, pityriasis versicolor or tinea versicolor (commonly known as “solar mushroom”), and others. There are also some over-the-counter forms of ketoconazole.
Serious side effects
Ketoderm is known to cause serious side effects in some people. Less common serious side effects, according to the Mayo Clinic, include skin irritation, burning, stinging, and itching. Rare serious side effects include facial swelling, acne, bleeding from the mouth or gum sores, tingling sensations, crawling, burning or numbness, eye irritation, discoloration of toenails or fingernails, dry skin, dry eyes, and dizziness. Another rare serious side effect is a red rash that includes pus-filled blisters or a thick yellow crust on the skin.
Other Serious Side Effects
Ketoderm which is also available as a gel shampoo, with other serious side effects associated with this form of the drug: wheezing, hair loss, scalp irritation, shortness of breath, burning sensations on the skin, blisters on the skin, dry skin, peeling skin, difficulty swallowing, hair discoloration, and thinning hair. Others include swelling of the face or extremities, rapid heart rate (tachycardia), shortness of breath, fever, rash, joint pain, hives, stiff joints, hoarseness, joint swelling, and body irritation.
Temporary side effects
The temporary side effects of using the gel or shampoo versions of Ketoderm will most likely disappear with continued use. Medical attention will probably not be required for these types of side effects, but you can call your doctor if they do not go away or if they are difficult to detect. These effects include scalp pustules, greasiness of the scalp or hair, dryness of the scalp or hair, dryness of the skin that is mild, and an abnormal change in hair texture.