What is Clotrimazole 1% Cream?
Clotrimazole 1% Cream is a topical solution that treats a variety of infections caused by fungi and yeast. These include:
- Athlete's foot
- Sweat rash
- Fungal infection of the groin – for example, jock itch
- Vaginal thrush
- Inflammation of the penis or foreskin
- Fungal nappy rash
Clotrimazole 1% Cream is also used to treat pityriasis, a fungal infection that lightens and darkens the skin on the neck, chest, arms and legs.
As an azole antifungal medication, the cream's active ingredient clotrimazole destroys the yeast and fungal organisms that cause these infections.
Clotrimazole is a broad-range antifungal, which is applied directly to the skin and acts faster than some oral methods.
Please note that if you are using Clotrimazole 1% Cream to treat vaginal thrush, it will only relieve the external symptoms and should not be used internally. The cream will give you relief from the associated itching, inflammation and soreness, but it will not treat the infection inside the vagina.
To effectively treat this condition, you will need to use the Clotrimazole 1% Cream in combination with another medication that works internally. This could include, for example, clotrimazole pessaries or cream that you insert into the vagina, or antifungal tablets that are taken orally.
Clotrimazole 1% Cream can be used by people of all ages and has a long history of being used to treat nappy rash.
You should exercise caution when using this cream if you have a known allergy to any of its ingredients. If you experience an allergic reaction after applying the cream, stop using it and seek urgent medical attention.
There have been no official studies as to the safety of using Clotrimazole 1% Cream in pregnant women. If you are pregnant you should therefore seek medical advice before starting this treatment.
The result for Clotrimazole and its reaction with breast milk is unknown. Whilst some studies suggest the active ingredient of this cream is not thought to pass into breast milk, it is important to seek medical advice before use. You should also avoid applying the cream to areas your baby may come into contact with while feeding.
If your condition does not improve after four weeks of using the cream, or if it gets worse during this time, you should consult your doctor.
How does Clotrimazole 1% Cream work?
We all have naturally occurring fungus and yeast in our bodies. However, an infection occurs when they multiply and grow out of control. The most common fungus that causes infection is known as a dermatophyte, while the most common yeast causing infection is candidiasis.
Fungus and yeast thrive in dark, hot, damp places. That's why infections regularly occur on the feet, groin and genitals.
Clotrimazole, the active ingredient in this cream, prevents the growth of this yeast and fungus.
It also disrupts the production of ergosterol, a substance that's an essential part of the fungal cells' membranes. Without it, unwanted elements can enter the cells and the contents of the cells can leak out.
Clotrimazole causes holes to appear in the cell membranes. The contents of the cells leak out, killing the fungi and treating the infection.
Clotrimazole 1% Cream is effective because it's applied directly to the affected area(s). However, it is for external use and must not be applied to the eyes, nose, mouth or vagina.
How to use Clotrimazole 1% Cream
You should apply the cream as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. Typically, this will be three times per day.
- Thoroughly wash and dry the affected area(s) and surrounding skin
- Apply a thin strip of cream to the affected area(s), 0.5cm should be adequate
- Rub into the skin gently
- Wash your hands after applying the cream to avoid spreading the infection to other areas and other people
- For best results, try to make sure you apply the cream at a similar time each day
- Clotrimazole 1% Cream is for external use only, so avoid contact with the eyes, nose and mouth
- You will need to continue treatment for at least one month for dermatophyte infections and a minimum of two weeks for candida infections. You should keep this treatment going for two weeks after your visible symptoms have cleared to avoid recurrence.
- Do not exceed the recommended dose
What dosages are available for Clotrimazole 1% Cream?
There is only one dosage available. One gram of cream contains 10mg of clotrimazole. The cream normally comes in a 50g tube.
What are the side effects of Clotrimazole 1% Cream?
Medicines can affect people differently and you may experience no side effects when using this cream.
However, the most common side effect is irritation at the site of application. This could range from a stinging and itching sensation, to burning, redness, a rash or peeling. If this is severe, stop using the cream and contact your doctor.
Less common side effects include blistering and oozing, open sores, swelling, or a severe allergic reaction. This usually presents on the face, tongue or throat, and you may experience severe dizziness and trouble breathing. If this occurs, seek medical attention immediately.
If you experience any other side effects that concern you, consult your doctor.
What are the precautions/interactions of Clotrimazole 1% Cream?
If you are allergic to any medications, tell your doctor or pharmacist so they can determine whether Clotrimazole 1% Cream is the right treatment for you.
Be aware that clotrimazole may damage latex condoms and diaphragms. If you are using Clotrimazole 1% Cream on your vagina or penis, you should use alternative contraception methods and use them for at least five days after your course of treatment.
It may be best to avoid having sex entirely until the infection has cleared. This will reduce the risk of infection for your partner and help to prevent you catching the infection again from them.
It is important to treat both sexual partners for thrush at the same time (if they're both experiencing symptoms) as the infection can be passed back and forth.
Clotrimazole 1% Cream is very unlikely to cause negative interactions with other medications. This is because it's not absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream.
However, if you are using other topical solutions (lotions, moisturisers, ointments or creams) on the affected area of skin, you should avoid using them at the same time. It is recommended that you wait 30 minutes between applications to avoid products mixing on the skin and the risk of negative interactions.
If you are concerned about interactions with prescribed medicine, over-the-counter or herbal remedies, consult with a doctor or pharmacist before using Clotrimazole 1% Cream.
How to buy Clotrimazole 1% Cream online
You can buy Clotrimazole 1% Cream online after a quick consultation to be reviewed by our partner doctor. Once approved, your details are saved in your personal member's area meaning you only need to provide your initial consultation – reordering is even quicker.
The process is entirely confidential including delivery, which only includes your name and address on the packaging. You can get Clotrimazole 1% Cream delivered to your shared accommodation or workplace with confidence.
Getting Clotrimazole 1% Cream delivered n the UK
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