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Clotrimazole anti-fungal skin cream is a cream that is applied to the skin. It contains clotrimazole as the active ingredient, which is an antifungal. Clotrimazole anti-fungal skin cream is used for the treatment of skin infections caused by dermatophytes (a group of fungi that cause skin diseases). This includes thrust and jock itch.
Clotrimazole cream can be used to treat:
It is important that you read and fully understand the Patient Information Leaflet before purchasing this item.
Thrush is the term used for a common infection caused by a yeast like fungus called candida albicans. Thrush is also known as candidiasis. Vaginal thrush is a very common infection that affects women of all ages and most women will get thrush at least once during their lives. For more information about thrush click here.
Thrush is caused by a yeast that normally lives harmlessly in the body. Yeasts like warm and moist conditions and so can develop in areas like this, for example the mouth and vagina. The yeast is usually kept under control by harmless bacteria but sometimes conditions change, and yeast can grow. Thrush is particularly common because of hormonal changes, such as during pregnancy or in women under the age of 20.
Other reasons why the yeast may grow, causing thrush to develop, include:
Thrush is cured easily by antifungal treatments that stop the growth of the yeast. If you have had thrush before and are confident that is what you have, then these treatments can be purchased from our website. Treatments available can be in the form of a anti-fungal skin cream or a pessary (a tablet that is inserted into the vagina, like the way you would insert a tampon). It is usually recommended to use both the anti-fungal skin cream and pessary as the cream can help soothe the irritation immediately.
Once you have had thrush you will then recognise it if you get it again. However, if you have an itch and a discharge that you have not had before, you should visit your doctor or local G.U.M. clinic. You should also visit your doctor if you:
Thrush isn’t a sexually transmitted disease, but it may sometimes be passed on during sex so try to avoid sex during an infection. It may also be a good idea for your partner to be treated as well.
The symptoms of thrush may go away without treatment, but it can get very sore, complications are very rare.
If your thrush keeps returning your doctor might suggest a course of antifungal tablets or stronger anti-fungal skin cream.
For more information from the NHS click here.
Before you use this product
Do NOT use Clotrimazole cream if:
You are allergic (hypersensitive) to clotrimazole or any of the other ingredients of Clotrimazole cream.
An allergic reaction may include rash, itching, difficulty breathing or swelling of the face, lips, throat or tongue.
Do not use this cream to treat scalp or nail infections without advice from a pharmacist or doctor. These fungal infections usually need to be treated differently to resolve the problem.
Take special care with Clotrimazole cream:
The cream contains cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol, which may cause a skin reaction (e.g. contact dermatitis)
If you are using Clotrimazole cream for thrush of the vulva or penis, the cream may cause damage to condoms. You should take other precautions to prevent pregnancy for at least five days after using the cream.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, or have recently taken, any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding tell your doctor or midwife and they will decide if Clotrimazole cream is right for you. Follow their instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
Clotrimazole cream does not affect your ability to drive or use machines
Always use this medicine exactly as described in the Patient Information Leaflet or as advised by your doctor or pharmacist.
Adults, children and elderly:
The cream is applied to the affected area two or three times daily. The duration of treatment depends on the infection being treated:
The active substance is Clotrimazole 1 % w/w. The other ingredients are:
Sorbitan Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Palmitate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl, Alcohol, 2-Octyldodecanol, Benzyl Alcohol and Purified Water.
If Clotrimazole cream is accidentally swallowed, you should consult a doctor immediately. If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Side effects when using
Like all medicines, Clotrimazole cream can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
All medicines can cause allergic reactions, although serious allergic reactions are very rare.
Tell your doctor straight away if you get any sudden wheeziness, difficulty in breathing, swelling of the eyelids, face or lips, rash or itching (especially affecting your whole body), or you feel dizzy or faint.
The following side effects have also been reported:
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed here You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this product.
If you need more advice consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.
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