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What Is Metronidazole Cream Used For?

Metronidazole cream is licensed for treating the bumps and pimples caused by rosacea. It may also help with associated redness and dryness, although it is not specifically approved for this purpose. Metronidazole cream is only approved for use in adults age 18 and older. Although it is not exactly known how this antibiotic works, it may have some anti-inflammatory and immune-suppressing properties.

An Overview of Uses for Metronidazole Cream

Metronidazole cream (MetroCream®) is a prescription skin medication approved for the treatment of rosacea. Specifically, it is approved to treat the bumps and pimples caused by this condition. It may also help with redness or dryness, although it is not approved for treating these aspects of rosacea.
 
Rosacea is a chronic disease that affects the skin and sometimes the eyes. Characteristics of the condition include redness, pimples, and, in advanced stages, thickened skin. Although rosacea usually affects the face, it can also affect parts of the upper body.
 
Rosacea treatment may involve good skin care (see Rosacea Skin Care), medications (either applied directly to the skin, like metronidazole cream, or taken by mouth), and other treatments like laser surgery. Metronidazole cream is most useful for people who have bumps and blemishes associated with rosacea.
 
Even for people taking rosacea medications, it is important to try to avoid triggers, such as alcohol, hot beverages, or spicy foods.
 

How Does This Medication Work?

At this time, it is not yet known how metronidazole cream works for treating rosacea. The active ingredient (metronidazole) is an antibiotic. Metronidazole may have some immune-suppressing and anti-inflammatory properties, which may help with rosacea as well.
 

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