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What is Canesten?

Canesten Cream is prescribed to treat fungal infections of the foot such as athlete's foot and sweat rash in skin folds due to candida albicans infection (candidal intertrigo).

Canesten Cream contains clotrimazole as the active agent. This compound is an antifungal which kills the fungi and clearing the infection. The quick treatment also relieves associated symptoms such as skin irritation and itching.

This cream is only suitable for use in adults and children aged 10 years and over. It must not be used in children under 10 years of age unless under medical supervision.

What is Canesten used for?

Canesten is generally prescribed to treat fungal infections such as jock itch, athlete's foot and sweat rash. It contains clotrimazole, an antifungal compound that treats infection by yeasts and fungi.

It works by interfering with the cell membranes of fungi. Fungi produce a substance called ergosterol and clotrimazole prevents its production, causing holes in the cell membrane. Essential parts of the cells leak out and toxic substances enter, killing the fungi.

How long does Canesten take to work?

The treatment with Canesten should last no longer than 7 days. If your infection has not cleared up within 7 days, see your doctor or pharmacist for further treatment advice.

Can Canesten be used when pregnant?

Generally it is possible to use Canesten during pregnancy. However, you should still consult your doctor to make sure it is safe to do so in your specific case.

When the cream is used to treat vaginal thrush, the doctor might recommend a different application of the medication than normal.

What are the side effects of Canesten?

The topical application of Canesten is generally very well tolerated, but as with any medicine there is always the risk of side effects, such as allergic reactions to the active compound.

The most common side effect associated with this cream is skin irritation at the point of application. This could include: blisters, itching, redness, peeling or a rash. If this happens, stop using the cream immediately and consult your doctor.

Precautions & Interactions

Canesten is not known to affect any other medicines. However, if you are taking any other medicines, including over-the-counter medicines and herbal remedies, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not use this cream on broken skin or on skin affected by: bacterial skin infections; acne; reactions to vaccinations; perioral dermatitis; acne rosacea; or, viral infections such as shingles or chickenpox.

This cream is for external use only and you should avoid getting it in your eyes, mouth or nose. If this occurs, rinse thoroughly with plenty of water.

Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should not use this medicine unless told to by their doctor. If you are applying Canesten to your breasts, ensure it is thoroughly washed off before breastfeeding (it can be reapplied afterwards). Always consult your doctor before using this cream if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to clotrimazole or any of its other ingredients. If you experience an allergic reaction, stop using the cream and consult your doctor for medical advice immediately.

How do I apply Canesten cream?

You should always use this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor and should not share it with anyone else, even if they have similar symptoms.

Do not use this cream to treat large areas of skin or on broken skin.

  • Wash your hands before application.
  • Apply a thin, even layer of the cream to the affected area(s) two or three times daily and rub in gently.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after applying the cream.

Can I buy Canesten online?

You can buy Canesten online to treat athlete's foot, jock itch and other conditions after completing our short questionnaire. This is sent to our doctors for verification. The consultation takes a few minutes to complete and if there are no health concerns, you will receive a valid prescription for your order and the medication within one working day in discreet packaging.

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