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Thread: Oral Fluconazole (Diflucan) for Malassezia, Candida, and Fungal Acne Infections (NIH)

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    Default Oral Fluconazole (Diflucan) for Malassezia, Candida, and Fungal Acne Infections (NIH)

    Doctors may recommend Fluconazole for patients with fungal acne. They recommend that 24 hours after taking the drug, the patient works out and gets sweaty. It forces the drug into the pores through the sweat glands. Sweating the drug out through the pores aids in killing the fungal infection. Improvements may be noticed within 24 hours of taking the drug.

    Some report that this drug did work for them while others found it ineffective. Results may depend on what type of fungus and what strain of that fungus is causing your infection. The link to the report below shows that for the specific case study it was quite effective.

    Oral Fluconazole is a prescription drug. Brand name is Diflucan.
    Side Effects: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach upset/pain, headache, dizziness, or hair loss may occur. This drug may rarely cause serious liver disease. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.

    Malassezia (Pityrosporum) folliculitis case study from the NIH is here:

    Fluconazole Side Effects from WebMd here:

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    Good research. I have added the point below in the conclusion of the article on Malassezia (Pityrosporum) Folliculitis to the post about PF (2):

    "As acne vulgaris and MF coexist in 12.2 to 27 percent of cases, it may be necessary to combine antifungal treatments along with typical acne medications. Use of antibiotics; however, may alter normal flora and lead to the yeast’s overgrowth. For this reason, other anti-acne medications are preferred over antibiotics, as antibiotics are counterproductive."

    I remember a long time ago some poster named Dave (Diflucan Dave) was a huge advocate of using Diflucan for rosacea. However, others tried it and it didn't work. Apparently it may work in cases related to Pityrosporum Folliculitis.
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