Candid Cream: Uses and Side Effects

What Is Candid Cream?

Candid cream is an anti-fungal cream preparation manufactured by Glenmark Pharmaceuticals. It is commonly used to treat yeast infections of the skin such as athlete's foot, jock itch, and body ringworm.

The active ingredient is clotrimazole, which is an azole group anti-fungal medication widely used in external fungal infections.

This preparation should not be confused with Candid – B cream which contains the steroid beclomethasone dipropionate in addition to clotrimazole, and is used to alleviate the symptoms of fungal infection. Plain Candid cream does not contain the steroid and does not relieve the inflammation and itchiness associated with fungal infections.

A case of athlete's foot
A case of athlete's foot | Source

Uses of Candid Cream Treatment

This medication should only be used following a doctor's prescription. Accurate diagnosis of a fungal infection is essential to ensure recovery. Without a doctor's examination, it's possible to mistake a bacterial infection for a fungal infection.

Candid cream can be used in mild fungal infections such as ringworm, jock itch, and athlete's foot that do not have significant itchiness and inflammation. It is a skin preparation and should not be applied on the mouth, lips, or tongue. For yeast infections of the mouth, you should use Candid Mouth Paint.

The cream can also be applied inside the vagina to treat vaginal fungal infections. However, it should be used alongside vaginal anti-fungal tablets like Candid-V1, -V3, or -V6, or an oral anti-fungal preparation such as Fluconazole.

How to Use Candid Cream

Candid cream is usually used for two to eight weeks for fungal skin infections. Follow the directions on the package or your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand.

Use Candid cream exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it, or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

To use the cream, thoroughly clean the infected area, allow it to dry, and then gently rub the medication in until most of it disappears. Use just enough medication to cover the affected area. You should wash your hands after applying the medication.

Use the cream for four weeks for athlete's foot and two weeks for jock itch or body ringworm. If your symptoms do not improve by that time, stop using the medication and consult either a pharmacist or doctor.

Ringworm
Ringworm | Source

Side Effects of Candid Cream

Generally, this is a well-tolerated skin preparation that has minimal side effects. However, people allergic to clorimazole or any ingredient in the preparation can experience some of the following symptoms. If you do have symptoms, stop applying Candid cream immediately and call your doctor. Side effects include:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Irritation
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever

There are no other signifiant side effects of this medication since it does not enter into blood in significant quantities when applied onto the skin.

Before Using Candid Cream

Before starting any medical treatment, you should take all necessary precautions to make sure the treatment is right for you.

Here's what you should do before using Candid cream:

  • Have your infection inspected by a doctor to ensure it is a fungal (and not a bacterial) infection.
  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to clotrimazole or any other drugs.
  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking, especially antibiotic medications and vitamins.
  • Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had liver disease, problems with your immune system, human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV), acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), diabetes, or a history of alcohol abuse.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while using clotrimazole, call your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol.

Other Important Information

Keep all appointments with your doctor. Candid cream, lotion, and solution are for external use only. Do not let it get into your eyes. Do not swallow the topical cream, lotion, or solution.

Do not let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription. If you still have symptoms of infection after you finish the cream, call your doctor.

It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.

Please note that this author does not have any affiliation to Glenmark Pharmaceuticals or the Candid Cream product. The only purpose for this article is to highlight the uses and side effects of this popular skin product. See a doctor before starting any course of treatment.

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Comments 5 comments

shubham 17 months ago

Sir, i am infected by teenia And doctor tells me to use candid total cream and terbinaforce powder but there is no effect in my stomach and legs .


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ShasiM 14 months ago

I think i have dermatitis on my hands. I have had it for more than a year now and nothing works. Prescription creams that the doctor gives me does not work either. It starts off very itchy, then i will get little clear bumps and they will ooze. It is very painful and very hard to live with since it is on my hands. Will Candid Total cream(http://www.netmeds.com/prescriptions/candid-total/... help this?


PRIYA 7 weeks ago

DOCTOR PRESCRIBED TO USE IN VAGINAL INFECTION SO PLEASE TELL ME THAT IT IS SAFE OR NOR


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njmanura 7 weeks ago from Sri Lanka Author

It is safe to use in vaginal infections


priya 6 weeks ago

doctor says this is candida infection so it is helpful to treat us

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