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Overview

Uses of Canesten Dusting Powder

How to use Canesten Dusting Powder

This medicine is for external use only. Use this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label for directions before use. Clean and dry the affected area before application and do not rub.

How Canesten Dusting Powder works

Canesten Dusting Powder is an antifungal medication which treats skin infections. It works by killing the fungi on the skin by destroying their cell membrane.

Canesten Dusting Powder related warnings

Alcohol
No interaction found/established
Pregnancy
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Canesten Dusting Powder is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effects to the developing baby; however, there are limited human studies.
Lactation
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Canesten Dusting Powder is safe to use during breastfeeding. Human studies suggest that the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby.
Driving
No interaction found/established
Kidney
No interaction found/established
Liver
No interaction found/established

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Expert Advice

  • Your doctor has prescribed Canesten Dusting Powder to cure your infection and improve symptoms.
  • Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better.

Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Canesten

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Dr. Dharamvir Singh
Skin Specialist
Canesten cream twice daily
Suffering from skin fungal infection for last six months. says, it is Tinea Curis infection. And applying Clotrimazole & Beclomethazone ( Canesten S) cream & Eberconazole (Ebernet) cream . But not getting complete cure as when discontinued for even one day it irrupt again. Kindly, suggest.
Dr. Banashree Majumdar
Skin Specialist
Dear I can understand your problem but you need to understand that fungal infection of skin calls for better hygiene, regular bathing, clean garments and use of talcum powder. Apply Terbicip cream twice daily and tab teczine 5 mg once at night for 3 weeks.
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FAQs

Q. What is Canesten used for?

Canesten is an antifungal skin cream. It is used to treat fungal skin infections such as ringworm (fungal skin infection that causes a red scaly rash on different parts of the body), athlete’s foot (fungal infection of the skin on the feet and between the toes), fungal nappy rash and fungal sweat rash. It is also used to relieve irritation of the vulva (external thrush) and irritation occurring at the end of the penis, which may be associated with thrush.

Q. Canesten is effective against which fungi?

Canesten is effective against Trichophyton species which cause ringworm, athlete’s foot and jock itch (fungal infection of the skin in the groin or buttocks). It is also effective against yeast known as Candida which commonly causes vaginal thrush (infection caused by overgrowth of yeast called Candida albicans).

Q. I have started using Canesten. By when can I expect to start seeing the improvements?

The symptoms of skin infection, such as itching or soreness, should improve within a few days of treatment. However, the signs such as redness and scaling may take longer to disappear. Do not stop applying this medicine before the duration advised by your doctor, even if you feel better.

Q. What precautions are necessary while applying Canesten?

Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after applying Canesten. If you are using the cream for an infected feet, wash and dry your feet thoroughly, especially between the toes, before applying the cream. Canesten should be applied thinly and evenly to the affected areas two or three times daily and rubbed in gently.

Q. For how long should I apply Canesten? Can I stop if the symptoms have completely disappeared?

The duration of treatment depends on the type of infection. In general, the treatment is continued for 1 month for tinea infection and at least for 15 days for candida infection. Do not stop the treatment on your own even if you feel better because the infection may come back as it takes some time to kill the fungus.

Q. Is Canesten safe to use in children?

Canesten is safe for children only if taken as directed by the doctor. It should be given to children only for the prescribed length of time and in the correct dose. Minor side effects may occur but usually they are not bothersome. However, if you develop a burning sensation, redness and itching (which is severe in nature), stop the medicine and contact your doctor.

Q. Are there any measures that should be taken to help a faster recovery?

Keep the affected skin areas clean and dry but avoid excessive rubbing. You may have the urge to scratch because of itchiness but avoid scratching as it will damage the surface of skin and cause the infection to spread further. Do not share towels, bath mats, etc. with other people as you could spread the infection to them.

Q. Does Canesten affect contraception?

Canesten may reduce the effectiveness of rubber contraceptives, like diaphragms and condoms. If you are using the cream on vulva or penis, you should use alternative methods of contraception, for at least 5 days after using Canesten.

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