How to Use Canesten Cream

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Use Canesten Cream
Use Canesten Cream (Image: Maggie Hira)

Canesten cream is a topical antifungal skin cream used to treat fungus infections like ringworm and jock itch. It can also be found under the name clotrimazole, which is also the active fungus-fighting ingredient in the cream. Canesten cream is usually prescribed by a doctor and must be used according to doctor's orders. With regular use, canesten cream clears up most fungal infections within four weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Skin cleanser
  • Towel

Wash your hands thoroughly before applying the canesten cream.

Cleanse the area to be treated with a gentle cleanser and warm water. Make sure skin is free of any scented body lotions and perfumes.

Pat the area dry with a soft towel. Do not rub the towel against your skin.

Apply a thin layer of the canesten cream to cover the infection for athlete's foot, jock itch and ringworm. Make sure you follow your doctor's instructions on how much to use.

Use canesten cream in this manner twice a day--in the morning and in the evening before bedtime. For jock itch, use twice a day for two weeks. For ringworm and athlete's foot, use twice a day for four weeks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use this medicine for the full-time of treatment to make sure the infection clears up completely. If you miss a dose, skip it and move on to the next dose. Store the canesten cream in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Do not store under direct sunlight or heat.
  • Do not bandage or cover up the treated area. If a rash or other type of skin irritation develops, discontinue use and consult a doctor immediately. Do not apply this medicine near your eye area. Consult a doctor if you do not see improvements within two to four weeks. Do not use on the lips or in the mouth. Do not use on the scalp and nails. Do not use for vaginal yeast infections.

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