Why Put Cortisone on a Fungus Infection?

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There appears to be some disagreement on whether cortisone should be used if you have a fungal infection. The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD) says that cortisone cream should not be put on a fungal infection because it can cause the fungus to grow.

Backlash

  • At first cortisone may appear to be working. The rash may itch less and the inflammation and redness may fade a bit. However, the rash will spread and recur and become itchier than ever when you stop applying cortisone, according to the AOCD.

Considerations

  • Bodyandhealth.canada.com reports that cortisone should not be used by anyone who has an internal fungal infection. Healthopedia.com concurs that you should not use cortisone if you have a fungal infection because it may make your infection worse.

What Happens

  • If you use cortisone this can change the normal acidic-alkali balance of the skin's surface, which makes the skin less able to resist fungal infections, according to Herbs2000.com, and, in fact, can increase the likelihood of acquiring a fungal infection or making one recur.

Pro-Cortisone

  • On the other hand, the Mayo Clinic recommends using Betamethasone, which is a corticosteroid or cortisone-like medicine or steroid to treat fungal infections including ringworn, jock itch and athlete's foot, noting that this is an effective means of combating a fungal infection.

Risks

  • The Mayo Clinic does note that there are risks to taking this medication, as is the case with many medicines.

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