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Clotrimazole Cream

Clotrimazole Cream is an over-the-counter antifungal medication. It is prescribed for the treatment of skin infections caused by dermatophytes, yeast, molds and other fungi such as:

  • Ringworm (tines corporis)
  • Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis)
  • Fungal nappy rash (Candida Albican)
  • Sweat rash
  • Fungal infections of the groin like jock itch
  • For the relieve of external symptoms of vaginal thrush (Candida vaginitis)
  • Thrush infection of the penis or foreskin (Candida balanitis)

Clotrimazole cream works by killing the fungi and yeast that cause infections in the body. It interferes with the cell membrane so it won’t produce the enzyme ergosterol. This enzyme is necessary for the fungi and yeast to survive. The disruption in the production of this enzyme cause holes to appear in the cell membrane and kills the fungi.  

Why Buy Clotrimazole Cream?

Clotrimazole Cream is on the World Health Organization list of essential medicines. It’s one of the safest and most effective medicines needed in the health system. It is available as generic and brand names. The generic name is cheaper than the branded counterpart. Both versions have the same mechanism of action and efficacy.

How to Use Clotrimazole Cream?

Use Clotrimazole Cream as instructed in the package label or as directed by your physician. Apply a thin layer on the affected area of the skin two to three times a day. Rub the cream gently. Remember that a strip of cream about 0.5cm long is enough to treat an area of the skin about the size of a hand. In treating athlete’s foot and ringworm, use this cream for at least one month. For thrush infection, use the cream for at least two weeks. Continue using the cream after all the symptoms have cleared up to make sure the infection won’t come back.

Wash your hands properly after treating athlete’s foot. Before applying the cream, make sure that you have washed and dry your feet. Do not cover the treated areas.

Things to Remember

  • Do not Clotrimazole Cream on areas with:
  • Viral skin infections like chickenpox, genital herpes and cold sores
  • Untreated bacterial skin infections like impetigo
  • Acne vulgaris
  • Acne rosacea
  • Skin lesion due to tuberculosis
  • A skin with perioral dermatitis
  • Do not apply the cream on broken skin.
  • Fungal infections spread easily. Avoid sharing personal items like towels with anyone.
  • This cream is not absorbed through into the bloodstream in a significant amount. It is therefore not expected to affect other medications.

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