What is Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream?
Canesten Hydrocortisone 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 Hydrocortisone Cream contains clotrimazole (an antifungal) and hydrocortisone (a corticosteroid). Together these ingredients reduce inflammation, while killing fungi and clearing the infection. This 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.
How does Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream work?
Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream contains two ingredients that have a complementary effect.
The cream contains clotrimazole, an antifungal 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.
Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream also contains hydrocortisone, a topical corticosteroid that provides relief from inflammation. This ingredient prevents cells in the skin from producing inflammatory substances as a reaction to skin irritation. This stops skin from becoming red, swollen and itchy, and provides relief from itchiness and the itch-scratch cycle.
Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream contains a mild corticosteroid and is generally prescribed to treat fungal infections such as athlete's foot and sweat rash.
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.
How to use Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream
- Wash your hands before application
- Apply a thin, even layer of the cream to the affected area(s) twice daily and rub in gently
- Wash your hands after applying the cream
- Do not use Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream for more than 7 days
- If your infection has not cleared up within 7 days, see your doctor or pharmacist. They may recommend using Canesten 1% cream (steroid-free cream) to continue your treatment.
What dosages are available for Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream?
There is only one dosage available for Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream. One gram of cream contains 10mg of clotrimazole and 11.2mg hydrocortisone acetate (equivalent to 10mg hydrocortisone).
Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream comes in a 15g tube and is only available on prescription from your doctor, which can be obtained online from HealthExpress.
What are the side effects of Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream?
Topical corticosteroids are generally very well tolerated, but as with any medicine there is always the risk of side effects. The most common side effect associated with this cream is skin irritation at the point of application. This could include: burning; itching; redness; peeling; blistering; or, a rash. If this happens, stop using the cream immediately and consult your doctor.
If used for long periods of time or excessively, there is a small risk that this cream could cause steroid-related side effects such as: skin thinning; excessive hair growth; acne; decrease in skin pigmentation; stretch marks; and, telangiectasia (visible blood vessels under the skin). Therefore, you should always follow the directions given by your doctor and avoid applying more cream than you need.
What are the precautions/interactions of Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream?
Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream 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.
You should also let your doctor know if you are taking or using any other steroid medicines, as these may interact with Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream.
Do not use this cream on broken skin or on skin affected by: ringworm; 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.
Do not cover the affected area(s) of skin with airtight dressings, such as bandages, as this can increase the amount of hydrocortisone absorbed into the body and the risk of steroid-related side effects such as excessive hair growth.
Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should not use this medicine unless told to by their doctor. If you are applying Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream 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, corticosteroids 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 to buy Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream online
You can buy Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream online to treat athlete's foot after completing our short questionnaire. This is sent to our partner doctor for verification. Once you've completed your consultation for Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream, this can be saved in your personal member's area for further use.
The consultation takes a couple of minutes to complete and a further 10 minutes to be approved by our partner doctor on average.
Getting Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream delivered in the UK
We offer a free next-day delivery service for Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream. To obtain this, your consultation must be completed and approved by 4:30pm Monday to Friday. Your package will be delivered to you by 1pm. If the very next day is inconvenient, you can choose nominated day delivery, also free of charge.
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