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What is Canesten?

Canesten products are based around an active ingredient, which kills fungi and yeasts through disruption of their cell membranes. It works by stopping the fungi from effectively creating a key component of cell membranes in fungi, thus leading to the formation of holes in their cell membranes. This causes essential parts of fungal cells to leak out, thus killing the fungi and treating the infection.

Canestenis used to treat infections like ringworm, athlete's foot and jock itch and yeast infections such as candida, fungal nappy rash or sweat rash. It is particularly useful for treating infections affecting large or hairy areas of skin and can also be used to treat fungal infections affecting the outer or middle ear.

What are the side effects of Canesten?

For the Canesten products containing the active ingredient Clotrimazole the following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication.

Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.

  • burning
  • irritation
  • itching
  • redness
  • rash
  • stinging
  • swelling of the skin where the cream was applied.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome.

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