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    Unhappy Ringworm, Ketoconazole, hives - HELP!

    Good day,

    So I had a fungal infection on my leg not too long ago that the doctor gave me ketoconazole cream for. The cream produced a tingling sensation and gave me goosebumps, but seemed to work so I kept using it. Then about 5 days later, I started developing small hives in areas of my body where I had not applied the cream, and the goosebumps got worse. The Doctor said ix-nay on the ketoconazole cream (since it was also starting to give me a rash on my leg where I had used it) and prescribed hydroxine for the hives. She also gave me a shot to stop the itching yesterday. It is now a day later (10/19) and I still have hives (everywhere) and the itching has increased. I've taken my prescription, applied benedryl spray, tried cortisone cream and nothing seems to help. Can anyone give me some advice? I realize the ketoconazole is likely still in my system and that the hives won't go away until its gone, but anything at this point for a little relief would be nice. Has anyone experienced this before?

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    **Deepak Ghimire** Male

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    So, have you stopped ketoconazole..? if not stop it, and go for other alternative medication for ringworn. Just make sure its ketoconazole thats causing this, by doing a patch test. It may take few days before your hives and itching subsides. If you have any other associated symptoms like fever sore throat contact your doctor immediately. If everything seems ok.. u can just wait 1-2 days to see how it goes. If it doesn't work,change your antihistamine (hydroxyzine)...and other drugs. For immediate home remedies you may try taking a cool bath with apple cider vinegar, baking soda or oatmeal. Apple cider vinegar has worked for many people not sure if it works on you.. ( remember to avoid hot bath, it will aggravate your itching)

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