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Clotrimazole 1% Cream

Clotrimazole 1% Cream


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Clotrimazole 1% cream (20g) is used to treat fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete's foot, fungal nappy rash and fungal sweat rash. It is also used to relieve irritation of the vulva (external thrush) or the end of the penis, which may be associated with thrush.

Clotrimazole 1% Cream

Clotrimazole 1% cream (20g) is used to treat a broad range of fungal skin infections. Common fungal treated by clotrimazole 1% cream include ringworm, athlete's foot, fungal nappy rash and fungal sweat rash. It is also used to relieve irritation of the vulva (external thrush) and irritation of the end of the penis.

How does clotrimazole 1% cream work?

The antifungal active ingredient in clotrimazole 1% cream kills the fungus causing the skin infection and prevents the infection spreading.

How do you use clotrimazole 1% cream?

Our Superintendent Pharmacist recommends applying clotrimazole 1% cream to the affected area twice a day, or as directed by your doctor. Ensure that skin is clean and dry before application.

As an anti-fungal topical treatment, clotrimazole 1% cream is only effective when applied to fungal skin infections. It should not be used to treat bacterial or viral skin infections. If you are unsure whether you, or your child, have a fungal skin infection, seek professional medical advice.

Recommended by our Superintendent Pharmacist

All of the above advice has been sanctioned by our Superintendent Pharmacist, Shilpa Shailen Karia, MRPharmS. Shilpa is our in-house medical expert and has worked with Chemist Direct as a Pharmacist for 4 years. She graduated from Aston University with a Pharmacy degree in 2013.

Shilpa is currently studying for a postgraduate degree in clinical dermatology from the University of South Wales.

How to use Clotrimazole 1% cream:

Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. If you purchased this product without a prescription, follow these directions closely. 

  • Before use, pierce the tube seal by inverting the cap over the end of the tube and press. 
  • If the feet are infected, they should be washed and dried thoroughly, especially between the toes, before applying the cream.
  • Clotrimazole should be applied thinly and evenly to the affected areas, two or three times daily and rubbed in gently. 
  • A strip of cream ( cm long) is enough to treat an area of about the size of the hand.
  • The duration of the treatment depends upon the type of infection.

Use the cream for at least two weeks for candida (thrush) infections or at least one month for other infections. If you have athlete's foot, it may help to use an antifungal dusting powder as well.

The symptoms of skin infection such as itching or soreness, should improve within a few days of treatment although signs such as redness and scaling may take longer to disappear.

If symptoms persist, consult your doctor. Clotrimazole 1% cream is for external use only.

If you forget to use Clotrimazole, apply the cream as soon as possible, then continue the rest of your treatment as usual. Do not suddenly stop using Clotrimazole as this may cause the symptoms of the infection to return.

Do not use Clotrimazole 1% cream: 

  •  if you (or your baby if treating nappy rash) are allergic to clotrimazole or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (please see leaflet enclosed with your medicine).

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Clotrimazole 1% cream:

  • if you have used a cream containing clotrimazole or a similar medicine before and suffered an allergic or unpleasant skin reaction. This may have been a skin rash or itching in the area the cream was applied.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Clotrimazole 1% cream if you are taking any prescribed medicines.

As with other creams, Clotrimazole may reduce the effectiveness of rubber contraceptives, such as condoms or diaphragms. Consequently, if you are using this cream on the vulva or penis, you should use alternative precautions for at least five days after using this product.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, tell your doctor, midwife or pharmacist before using Clotrimazole. If you have informed your doctor or midwife already, follow his/her instructions carefully.

If you or your baby experience an allergic reaction, stop using Clotrimazole and tell your doctor straight away or contact the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital.

Signs of an allergic reaction may include: 

  • Rash
  • Swallowing or breathing problems 
  • Swelling of the lips, face, throat or tongue
  • Weakness, feeling dizzy or faint
  • Nausea

After you apply the cream you might experience:

  • Itching, rash, blisters, burning, discomfort, swelling, irritation, redness or peeling of skin. This may mean that you are allergic to the cream.
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