Clotrimazole cream is an antifungal treatment that works against fungal skin infections. It’s commonly used to treat ringworm and jock itch. It also treats tinea versicolor.
It’s a topical cream, so you rub it into your skin where the signs of infection are and it kills off the fungal cells causing the infection. This gets rid of your symptoms.
How does Clotrimazole cream work?
The active ingredient in Clotrimazole cream, clotrimazole, is a type of medication called an imidazole. It works by damaging the membrane of the fungus cell and blocking their ability to make a substance called ergosterol. Ergosterol keeps the fungus cells alive and helps them multiply.
By damaging the fungus cells and stopping them from multiplying, Clotrimazole cream is effective against fungal infections of the skin. Your immune system can then kill off the remaining damaged fungus cells to end the infection.
What doses of Clotrimazole cream are there?
Clotrimazole cream contains 1% of the active ingredient, so each gram of cream contains 10mg of clotrimazole. You will usually apply the cream two or three times a day for at least two weeks. How often and how long you use Clotrimazole for will depend on what type of infection you have and how bad your symptoms are.
How to use Clotrimazole cream
Always use Clotrimazole cream exactly as your clinician tells you.
If it’s your first time using the cream, pierce the top with the cap. If the seal is already broken, don’t use it;
Make sure the infected area is clean and dry before using the cream. If you’re treating a fungal infection of the feet, make sure you wash and dry between your toes;
Wash your hands and squeeze the right amount of Clotrimazole cream onto your hand. A half-centimetre strip of cream should be enough for an area the size of a hand;
Apply the cream evenly to the infected area, rubbing it in gently.
How long does it take Clotrimazole cream to work?
Clotrimazole cream should start reducing the itching and soreness within a few days. Other symptoms like redness and scaliness may take longer to disappear. If you’re using it for tinea versicolor, your skin pigmentation should return to normal in a few weeks. It’s important to keep using Clotrimazole for as long as your clinician says, even if your symptoms get better. This will stop the infection from coming back.
What should I do if I make a mistake when using Clotrimazole cream?
Don’t apply Clotrimazole cream to cracked or broken skin, as it may cause discomfort and a burning sensation. If you forget to use Clotrimazole, just apply it as soon as you remember. If it’s nearly time for your next application, just skip the missed one and continue with your treatment. Don’t use more Clotrimazole cream than usual to make up for forgetting some.
If you apply too much Clotrimazole cream, just wash off the extra. Not a lot of Clotrimazole cream is absorbed into your system from your skin, so there shouldn’t be any adverse effects. Be careful not to swallow Clotrimazole cream or get it in your eyes or mouth. If you do, wash out the area and seek medical attention.
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FAQ: Clotrimazole cream
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How is Clotrimazole cream different from other treatments for ringworm and jock itch?
Clotrimazole cream contains different active ingredients from other treatments for ringworm and jock itch, like Lamisil and Daktarin. Lamisil contains the active ingredient terbinafine while Daktarin contains miconazole. So if you’re sensitive to those ingredients, Clotrimazole cream might still be a great choice for you. Clotrimazole cream also treats tinea versicolor.
Some antifungal treatments come as tablets. Topical treatments like Clotrimazole cream are a better first choice for many fungal skin infections than oral antifungals, as they target the affected area directly. Clotrimazole cream is generally less likely to cause side effects than antifungal tablets, as little of the medication is absorbed from the skin into the blood.
Is Clotrimazole cream similar to any other treatments?
There is a treatment called Canesten cream available which contains the same active ingredient as Clotrimazole cream. Unlike Clotrimazole cream, Canesten cream is a branded treatment. So although they work in a very similar way, they may come in different packaging or have different inactive ingredients. Generic treatments like Clotrimazole cream also tend to be cheaper than branded versions like Canesten.
How effective is Clotrimazole cream?
Clotrimazole cream has been proven effective against ringworm and jock itch. A study of 86 patients found Clotrimazole cream significantly reduced the symptoms of infection like itching and redness. It was effective in both destroying the fungus and treating the signs of infection. After four weeks of study, Clotrimazole was shown to be as effective as other antifungal creams like butenafine.
Clotrimazole cream has also shown to work against tinea versicolor. In one study, people with tinea versicolor used Clotrimazole cream for three weeks. After their treatment was finished, the yeast cells causing the infection were gone and their skin pigmentation had returned to normal.
Can I make Clotrimazole cream more effective?
To make Clotrimazole work even better, there are a few things you can do. First of all, don’t scratch the infected area. This might break the skin, worsening the infection and making Clotrimazole cream harder to apply. If you struggle not to scratch at night, you could try keeping your nails short or even wearing gloves.
Make sure you also keep the infected area clean and dry. Damp skin provides the perfect environment for fungal skin infections to grow. Don’t share towels with people as this can spread the infection to others. Finally, make sure that you wash your hands after applying Clotrimazole cream. This will stop you from spreading the fungus through your hands.
Do I need a prescription for Clotrimazole cream?
Clotrimazole cream is a pharmacy medicine. That means you don’t need a prescription to get it, but you can’t just buy it off the shelves. You will need to chat with a licensed clinician and buy it from a registered pharmacy. We can do this for you without you having to leave the comfort of your home.
Why should I buy Clotrimazole cream online with Treated?
At Treated, we deliver personalised healthcare right to your doorstep. If you’re suffering from a fungal infection like ringworm, jock itch or tinea versicolor, we can help. Just chat to one of our clinicians about your symptoms. We’ll let you know your options.
If you order Clotrimazole cream online with us, we’ll deliver the amount you need right to you, in discreet packaging. Our expert clinicians will also check in with you during treatment to see how your infection is healing. If you ever have a question, you can just log into your account and send us a message. We’ll get right back to you as soon as possible.
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