Our expert says:
You are right, I am not a dermatologist, so am not the right person to be asking.
I can tell you, though, that fungal dermatoses – especially when as widespread as yours seems – can be very difficult to treat. The first course you had, the Ketazol, is an accepted fungal treatment. The second treatment, the Fluzol, is similar to Ketazol, but much more potent, and is long-acting. The active substance remains in body tissues for some time, so that meds need not be taken daily.
Why you have had no response to the treatment will need to be investigated. Either the diagnosis is wrong, ( ie it is not a fungus at all) or you have a different kind of fungus which is not sensitive to this category of treatment, or you have another underlying medical problem (metabolic/immunological) which makes your treatment requirements different.
Alcohol is not to be used when on any form of medication. The reason is simple : alcohol is also a toxin ( like the drugs you take) which must be detoxified and excreted by the body, to prevent (alcohol) poisoning taking place. When you take medication, the same rules apply. However, apart from a few exceptions, there is one major set of enzymes in the liver which is responsible for this detoxification. Alcohol takes preference with these enzymes, so that if you have alcohol and medication together, only one at a time can be handled by the liver, and that the alcohol always wins the toss. By the time the alcohol is dealt with and the liver enzymes are free to deal with the drugs, you will have been exposed for a long period to unmetabolised drugs. This results in an overdose situation, and you can thus have toxic overdose side-effects of the medication, some of which can me fatal. BOTTOM LINE ; DON’T MIX ALCOHOL AND MEDICATION.
Nick, you need to go back to a dermatologist – perhaps another one, to get a second opinion. Perhaps he should take a biopsy or scraping to confirm the diagnosis microscropically, and do some blood tests.
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