Candida clotrimazole ointment is also known by the brand it sells under Canesten. Vaginal yeast infections are very common among women caused by the overgrowth of Candida albicans for the most part. Symptoms include inflammation, redness, soreness, itching, discomfort, and sometimes a white, lump, odorless or yeasty smelling discharge. Over three quarters of women will suffer from a yeast infection at least once in their lifetime, unfortunately some will suffer many more than that. Clotrimazole cream is an anti-fungal that can be used for its treatment.
When to talk to your doctor
- If you have stomach pains and or a fever
- Women under 16 or over 60 years old
- If you think you may be carrying a child or you are trying to get pregnant, or breast-feeding
- If you have had a vaginal yeast infection more than twice in the last 6 months
- If you are using other medication including herbal or supplements
- If you have an STD in your medical history or have a partner who has been exposed
- If you have taken any similar medication and had an allergic reaction
- If there are blisters or sores on your vagina and / or you have have foul smelling discharge, or blood in the discharge
How to use Candida clotrimazole ointment
- Make sure you read the leaflet with the medication carefully
- Follow the instructions your doctor gave you
- To apply candida Clotrimazole ointment around the vagina or anus use two are three times a day
- Finish the full course of treatment
- If seven days pass and there is no improvement talk to your doctor
- If after taking the full course your symptoms get better but then return you can take a second course of treatment but do not use more than 2 times in 6 months without talking to your doctor
- Latex condoms and diaphragms may be damaged by candida clotrimazole ointment so use alternative birth control methods
- Avoid using spermicides, tampons or any other items that are inserted into the vagina
Side effects of candida clotrimazole ointment
The risks of unwanted symptoms using this cream are very low. Sometimes there may be additional soreness or irritation. If you do experience any side effects you believe are caused by the ointment talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Signs of an allergy to clotrimazole include fainting and difficulty breathing. Should these occur visit your doctor or a hospital straight away.
How does candida clotrimazole ointment work?
Clotrimazole is an anti-fungal that kills yeasts and fungi by interfering with the cell membranes. An essential part of the cell membrane is a substance called ergosterol and clotrimazole stops the cell making it. This causes small holes to appear in the cell membrane which leads to unwanted substances getting into the cell and needed ones leaking out, which kills it. As well as being used to treat candida overgrowth clotrimazole is also used for athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch, fungal diaper rash and penile yeast infections. When using it for a vaginal yeast infection it will not treat any candida overgrowth inside the vagina, so it should be used alongside pessaries or some such.