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Extina Uses

Adults and children as young as 12 years old may use Extina if they have seborrhea and have a normal immune system. This prescription medicine is thought to work by killing certain types of fungus that are thought to cause this skin condition. A healthcare provider may also recommend this product for treating other types of fungal infections; however, these would be unapproved uses.

What Is Extina Used For?

Extina® (ketoconazole foam) is a prescription skin medication approved for the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis, also known as seborrhea, in people age 12 and older with normal immune systems. Unlike many other seborrhea treatments, Extina is not a steroid.
 

What Is Seborrhea?

Seborrhea is a common condition of the skin. It mainly affects the scalp, face, and torso. In its mildest form, it shows up as mild dandruff. More severe symptoms include:
 
  • Yellow, oily scales
  • Pimple-like bumps
  • Hair loss
  • Bright-red inflammation.
 
In infants, seborrhea is commonly known as "cradle cap." Seborrhea tends to come and go, in response to weather, stress, and other changes.
 
It is unclear what exactly causes seborrhea, or if there are different causes for different people. One thought is that overgrowth of normal skin fungus could lead to seborrhea, perhaps because of the skin's reaction to the fungus.
 

How Does This Medication Work?

Extina is part of a group of medications known as antifungals. Seborrhea has been linked to certain types of fungus, and Extina is thought to work by killing the fungus, although this is not known for sure at this time.
 

Is It Safe for Children to Use It?

Extina is not approved for people younger than age 12. Your child's healthcare provider can still recommend and prescribe this medication for children, although you should be aware that it has not been adequately studied in children younger than 12 years old.
 

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