Levomecol ointment from thrush: treatment instructions
Levomecol ointment is widely used in the therapy of various diseases due to combined action. It is an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and regenerating drug. It is actively used to treat wounds and pressure sores, with purulent wounds, trophic ulcers. His ability to repair tissue after deep wounds is used in traumatology and surgery. In some situations, gynecologists prescribe Levomecol ointment with thrush.
Currently, there are a lot of medicines that are being dispensed from thrush. What attracted the attention of Levomekol ointment in the field of gynecology, and what therapeutic effect does it have in candidiasis?
Levomekol began to be used in gynecological practice in the form of self-made tampons made of gauze and cotton wool with ointment for the treatment of diseases:
- Candidiasis (thrush) and its consequences;
- inflammation in the cervix with bacterial vaginitis;
- as a combined agent in the treatment of uterine erosion and after its vaporization (cauterization);
- inflammatory processes in the ovaries;
- postoperative inflammation of the vaginal sutures (after complicated birth);
- surface microcracks and trauma to the vaginal mucosa.
In itself, Levomekol is not effective against yeast-like fungi. The drug is prescribed in the complex therapy of mixed infection (with the simultaneous detection of fungus and other pathogenic and conditionally pathogenic flora).
Levomecol ointment is used externally with the help of antiseptic dressings once for treatment:
- burns of II and III degree;
- damage to the skin with deep injured wounds;
- furunculosis, abscesses of infected tissues, acne;
- dry and wet bed sores and eczema;
- deep frostbite;
- diaper rash and sweating;
- purulent otitis and sinusitis;
- deep cuts and cracks;
- deep purulent wounds infected with pathogenic microflora.
Levomekol belongs to antibiotics, since the composition of the drug is levomitsetin. This antibiotic suppresses a significant amount of Gram-positive microorganisms, destroying the formation of proteins. It acts selectively on some strains that are not affected by penicillin and sulfonamide. Adsorption is quite high, so almost immediately has a therapeutic effect.
In addition to levomycetin, Levuricol also contains methyluracil, which has an anti-catabolic effect on proteins and stimulates regeneration in damaged skin cells. This substance acts directly on the site of application, it is not practically absorbed into the blood. The peculiarity of methyluracil is expressed in stimulating the production of interferon, which increases immunity by actively replicating leukocytes.
The basis of the ointment is polyethylene glycol, which ensures the stability of the ointment, and also prevents its delamination and increases the adsorbing properties of the active substances.
How to use it correctly
Since thrush in women affects mainly the vagina, and then due to secretions and the external part of the genital organs, treatment with Levomecol is carried out only with the help of tampons.
The technique of making a homemade tampon with an ointment is very simple:
- A small layer of cotton wool with a height of 2-3 mm is prepared, preferably sterile, and laid out in the form of a square 2 x 2 (cm).
- Cut a strip of gauze in size, x 10 (cm) and fold it in half.
- In the center put the prepared cotton wool and squeeze out on it a small amount of ointment (volume ½ teaspoon).
- Turn the length of gauze by 5 mm and twist it in the form of a pupa.
- Tighten the turned edges of the swab with silk white threads and leave the free edge of the thread about 15 cm. This is done so that you can then freely extract a tampon from the vagina.
Some women use only gauze to make a tampon, but it is impractical in the sense that the ointment can be squeezed out through a large gauze net before it reaches its direct destination.
The tampon is inserted gently with two fingers in the vagina for the night, in the morning it is removed. For the introduction, you can also use a special vaginal applicator, which is sold separately in pharmacies. The duration of treatment of thrush on average lasts 7-10 days, but is accurately determined by a gynecologist on an individual basis, depending on the severity of the disease.
Contraindications and side effects
Manufacturers of ointment when using a drug recommend paying attention to individual intolerance to one of the components of the ointment. Applying an ointment in the form of tampons is very difficult to understand if there is an allergic reaction. It is recommended to conduct a skin test before use. To do this, apply a small amount of funds to the bare part of the hand for 10-15 minutes. At the end of the time, check the application site. If the skin is not a hot spot of redness or itching, then the remedy can be safely used.
If a woman immediately feels a burning sensation when she applies the first tampon, which does not go away within 10 minutes, she should immediately remove the tampon and do a syringing with warm water. Further use of Levomecol ointments should be discussed with the attending physician.
The side effect of the drug is expressed in the local allergic reaction in the form of hives on the skin, itching, redness, burning and swelling at the site of application.
Can Levomecol be used during pregnancy?
Levomecol is not recommended to be used from thrush to pregnant women, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy, when all the main organs of the future child are formed.
Here it is worth noting that if the symptoms of the yeast infection do not continue, and there is a need for treatment, then it is necessary to take into account the ability of many antibiotics to penetrate the placental barrier. Therefore, it is recommended that you consult with your doctor before using this medication.
How Levomecol interacts with analog drugs
Negative information on the reaction of Levomecol ointment with other drugs of a similar action is absent. But in the treatment of candidiasis with vaginal administration, doctors do not recommend the use of other external drugs because of the recurrence of the consequences of joint application.
For application in open areas of the body, there are no such recommendations.
If it is necessary to prolong the use of Levomecol ointment for more than a month, it is necessary to conduct a laboratory study of peripheral blood.
When using the ointment, be careful not to let the substance get on the mucous membranes.
Analogues of Levomecol
In the case when the patient has allergic reactions to the components of Levomecol, or this drug is not available on the market marketing, doctors can offer an analogue that is suitable for a particular disease and has the same therapeutic effect.
- Levomethyl ointment. A complete analog of Levomechol.
- Voskopran with Levomecol. Special bandage impregnated with natural wax and Levomekol ointment. It is used only with external wounds.
- Levosin ointment. In the composition, in addition to the same substances as in Levomecol, sulfadimethoxin with antibacterial properties and trimecaine with anesthetic action are present.
- Streptonitol-Darnitsa. Ointment with antimicrobial effect (streptocid) and antiprotozoal action (nitazole).
- Streptocide is soluble. Liniment with antimicrobial action (streptocide).
Forms of production and storage conditions
Levomecol ointment is produced in tubes of 40 g or in bottles of polyethylene terephthalate or polypropylene 100 g. Each. Store in a dry and dark place at a temperature of 17-20 ° C.
After opening the package, use for 4-6 months in a cool place (not in the refrigerator).
The main purpose of Levomecol ointment is healing of purulent wounds, burns, cuts and boils. Therefore, before using the product for the treatment of gynecological disease, it is necessary to consult the attending physician in order to avoid the negative consequences of self-treatment.