Econazole is applied to the skin to treat ringworm, athlete's foot, and other fungal infections. It also treats yeast infections that affect the skin. Patients may take it to relieve the skin discoloration caused by tinea versicolor as well. Pregnant or breastfeeding patients should check with their doctor before using this medicine. It should not be taken by patients who are younger than twelve years old. When treating ringworm or tinea versicolor, patients are instructed to apply econazole cream to the affected area once a day for two weeks. This cream should be applied twice each day for two weeks in cases of yeast infection. Individuals with athlete's foot need to use the cream once a day for four weeks.
This medication's most common side effects are burning, stinging, itching, and redness at the application site. Patients should call their doctor right away if they have severe stinging or redness. When the foam formulation of econazole is used, individuals must store the medication away from direct sunlight. This form should not be used near open flames or areas with high heat. Patients should let their doctor know about all of the medications they take to reduce the risk of interactions. For example, econazole interacts with blood-thinning medications.