What Is Miconazole Shampoo?

C.B. Fox

Miconazole shampoo is used as a treatment for fungal infections. Though miconazole is approved for use in both humans and animals, its administration in animals is usually through a shampoo, while its administration in humans is usually in the form of an ointment or cream. When used properly, this type of medicated shampoo can effectively treat infections of the skin that are caused by fungi in the Trichophyton genus. It is commonly used on dogs and cats.

Cats and dogs are often treated with miconazole shampoo.
Cats and dogs are often treated with miconazole shampoo.

Many types of mammals can contract a skin infection caused by a Trichophyton fungus. In animals, the most common type of this infection is ringworm, while in humans, athlete's foot and jock itch are more common. Humans can usually use an ointment containing miconazole on the affected area, but in animals, it may be more difficult to tell exactly what areas are affected. For this reason, treatment with a miconazole shampoo, which can be spread over the entire body, is ideal.

A veterinarian may prescribe miconazole shampoo to treat an animal's fungal infection.
A veterinarian may prescribe miconazole shampoo to treat an animal's fungal infection.

When treating an animal with miconazole shampoo, it is important to follow all directions carefully. Fungal infections are difficult to eradicate completely, and stopping treatment too soon can lead to a recurrence of the infection. The prescribing veterinarian will give specific instructions about how often to bathe the animal, though it is usually done two times a week until symptoms are no longer visible and then once per week for some time after. Skin infections that miconazole shampoo is used to treat are easily transferred to new areas of the skin, to other animals, or to humans, so it is important to take the proper precautions when shampooing animals with skin infections.

Miconazole shampoo is approved for use on humans.
Miconazole shampoo is approved for use on humans.

The usual concentration of miconazole in the shampoo is 2%, which is considered safe for use on animals as young as 6 weeks. The shampoo will not harm humans who bathe the animals. It is not approved for use outside of veterinary medicine, however.

Miconazole may be available in cream or ointment form.
Miconazole may be available in cream or ointment form.

Miconazole shampoo can harm animals if it gets into the mucus membranes or if it is swallowed. Animals need to be supervised while the shampoo is on them so that they do not lick it off. It is also important to keep it out of their eyes and nose, as it can cause irritation to these membranes. Infrequently, miconazole shampoo may cause an adverse reaction such as swelling, redness, or rash. These symptoms should be reported to a veterinarian.

Individuals with jock itch, which may be treated with miconazole shampoo, should refrain from sexual activity.
Individuals with jock itch, which may be treated with miconazole shampoo, should refrain from sexual activity.

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Discussion Comments

Heavanet

@talentryto- Miconazole in cream form is often prescribed for humans, but there may be a reason why it is not readily available in shampoo form. Maybe the concentration of the drug in shampoos is too weak to work for humans, or perhaps it is stronger than humans can safely use.

Regardless, before you use any form of miconozole shampoo, you should definitely check with a health care professional, or even your pharmacist, to make sure it is safe to use.

Talentryto

I work with horses and other types of livestock frequently, and I often contract ringworm from the animals. Wouldn't it be safe for me to use a shampoo that contains miconazole, even though it is formulated for animals? I don't see why not, since humans are prescribed this medication for certain types of fungal infections.

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