Clotrimazole Cream is often prescribed by doctors for various skin conditions including ringworm, athlete’s foot and jock itch. It is basically an anti fungal agent, which helps to kill the fungi by attacking the membrane of the fungi cell and weakening it internally. This allows the liquid in the cell to leak which results in the ultimate death of the fungal infection. However, you should not use this cream under any circumstances if you feel or figure that you are allergic to any of the ingredients used in this cream. You need to contact your health provider or physician immediately after discovering that you have suffered from an allergic reaction after using the cream.
How to Use Clotrimazole Cream
You should always use the clotrimazole cream according to the directions given by your doctor who has prescribed it to you, and always refer to the dosing instructions written on the label of the medicine. The cream is available for application on the skin only. You should not apply it in the mouth, eyes or the vagina for the treatment of sores or any kind of infections.
You should always cleanse the affected area using soap and water and drying it with a clean towel before applying the cream. Always apply a thick layer of the cream on to the affected area and rub it mildly and never cover the surface unless your doctor directs you to do so. After applying the cream, you should always wash your hands unless the hands happen to be the area requiring the treatment.
In order to successfully get rid of the infection using clotrimazole cream, you should always follow the full treatment until you feel you have completely wiped out the fungal infection. If you feel you have missed a dose of the cream, you should apply it as soon as you remember. If you happen to have missed the dose entirely one time, continue with your regular schedule of dosing.
- Each gram contains : 10 mg of clotrimazole in a vanishing cream base of sorbitan monostearate, polysorbate 60, cetyl esters wax, cetostearyl alcohol, octyldodecanol, purified water, and benzyl alcohol (1%) as preservative.
- Usual dosage : Apply sufficient amount of cream to the affected and surrounding skin areas twice daily, in the morning and evening.
- Store between : 2° – 30° C (36° -86° F).
Side Effects of Clotrimazole Cream
Clotrimazole cream is not known to have any major drug interactions that may have an adverse effect on its work and on the work of other medications. Similarly, it should not cause side effects when used in conjunction with other medicines. However, it is always good to consult your health care provider before using this cream for treatment, if you are taking any sort of medication. This is a good precautionary measure necessary to ensure that you will get the optimal results from treatment without suffering from any unpleasant and possibly dangerous side effects.
Clotrimazole cream is a safe medication. It may cause side effects, but these are not common. Still, it is worth pointing out some of the main ones. These include irritation, burning, stinging and swelling in the area of treatment. Pimples and bumps may appear. The skin may start flaking. You should call your doctor if you experience any of these side effects. Some of them such as the flaking of the skin may occur as a natural part of the curing process. That is why you may have to put up with the symptoms for some time in order to get completely cured.