Topical clotrimazole is used to treat tinea corporis (ringworm; fungal skin infection that causes a red scaly rash on different parts of the body), tinea cruris (jock itch; fungal infection of the skin in the groin or buttocks), and tinea pedis (athlete's foot; fungal infection of the skin on the feet and between the toes). Clotrimazole is in a class of antifungal medications called imidazoles. It works by stopping the growth of fungi that cause infection. Clotrimazole is a prescription and over-the-counter medication used to treat yeast infections of the vagina, mouth, and skin. Clotrimazole can also be used to prevent yeast infection in the mouth in certain patients.
Clotrimazole comes as a cream to apply to the skin. It is usually applied twice a day (morning and night). Follow the directions on the package label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use clotrimazole exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than directed on the package or as directed by your doctor. To use topical clotrimazole, wash the affected area and dry thoroughly. Then apply a small amount of cream to cover the affected area of skin with a thin layer.
Before using clotrimazole, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other azole antifungals such as econazole, ketoconazole, or miconazole; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Clotrimazole may cause side effects. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop using clotrimazole and call your doctor:
- Skin cracks
Clotrimazole may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while using this medication.
- Unpleasant mouth sensations
- Itching in the mouth
How long does it take for Canesten to work?
The 500mg single dose Canesten pessary provides therapy for 3 to 4 days as it creates high intravaginal concentrations of clotrimazole. However, the symptoms may persist for these 3 to 4 days.
Can Canesten cream burn?
Mild burning or irritation. If this is intolerable, stop treatment and see your doctor as soon as possible. Very rarely, Canesten Thrush Cream may cause side effects which can be very similar to the symptoms of the infection burning, pain or itching.
What are other uses of Canesten cream?
Topical clotrimazole may be used to treat tinea versicolor (fungal infection of the skin that causes brown or light-colored spots on the chest, back, arms, legs, or neck) or yeast infections of the skin. Talk to your doctor about the risks of using this medication for your condition. This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.