Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream

Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream

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Medication features

  • Anti-Fungal and Steroid Agents
  • For Athletes Foot / Sweat Rash
  • Thin application twice daily
  • No more than 7 days use


Buy Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream Online

You can buy Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream online from our UK registered online pharmacy. Please read the associated information about this medication to make sure it's safe for you. You can then place your order of Canesten HC cream.  

After completing a medical assessment form, our pharmacists can then review your order. If for any reason your order is not approved, a full refund is issued. If approved, we can dispatch it to your chosen address. Our delivery service has next-day delivery options to make sure your Canesten HC cream is delivered when you need it.

What is Canesten HC Cream?

Canesten Hydrocortisone cream  (also called Canesten HC) is a cream containing both a mild steroid (Hydrocortisone) and an antifungal agent (Clotrimazole). It is commonly used in the treatment of:

  • Fungal sweat rashes
  • Fungal infection of the breast fold
  • Fungal nappy rashes
  • Other fungal (yeast) infections, such as tinea cruris (jock itch) 


Clotrimazole works to kill the fungi and yeasts which cause these conditions. Clotrimazole belongs to a group of medicines known as Imidazoles, which are commonly used treatments for fungal infections.

Hydrocortisone is an anti-inflammatory medicine, meaning it reduces skin inflammation. When your skin is damaged, it can release chemicals that cause it to become inflamed. This is a normal part of your body's immune response. Hydrocortisone works by stopping these chemicals from being released and helps to reduce inflammatory symptoms like redness and itching.

Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream should not be used for longer than 7 days without speaking to your doctor.

Canesten HC side effects

Not everyone will experience side effects with Canesten Hydrocortisone cream. Possible side effects associated with using this cream include irritation, rash, stinging or burning at the application site. It may also cause blisters, peeling and discomfort at the affected area of skin.

If you are concerned about these effects, or if the cream affects you in any other way, stop using it and consult your doctor or pharmacist. 

How to apply Canesten Hydrocortisone cream

Wash your hands before and after use. If the cream is being used for athlete’s foot: ensure your feet are washed and dried properly (paying close attention to the areas between the toes) before applying the cream. 

Apply a thin, even layer of the cream to the affected area two times a day, gently rubbing it in. Do not use the cream for more than 7 days. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or worsen after 7 days.

Warnings for Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream 

Do NOT use Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream if you are:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Diabetic (without speaking to your GP)
  • Allergic to any of the ingredients in the cream
  • Under 10 years old
  • Intending to use the cream on the face
  • Using the cream on broken skin


For a full list of warnings, see the patient information leaflet before using the cream.

About Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot (also known as Tinea Pedis), is the most common fungal infection of the skin. Symptoms initially present with scaling and itching on only one foot (mainly seen between the 4th and 5th toe). The soles of the feet may also become scaly and dry.

Athlete’s foot is common in adults, though less common in children. One of the main causes is through contact with fungal spores which are found in public places such as swimming pools and changing rooms.  

About Fungal Sweat Rash

Sweat rashes can come in a variety of forms. The most common form is miliaria, which is caused by the pores of the skin being blocked, leading to the sweat glands in the skin becoming inflamed. These conditions are perfect for fungal infections to develop if not treated correctly.

Miliaria can present in several ways - miliaria rubra is caused by the sweat glands in the deeper layers of the skin being blocked, which can develop into miliaria profunda. Miliaria pustulosa comes with small white spots on the surface of the skin.

These rashes can develop anywhere on the body. Areas with lots of contact with clothing or large amounts of friction such as skin folds may be more likely to develop these skin rashes.

Practical tips

  • Good foot hygiene (washing and drying daily thoroughly, in particular between the toes) can reduce your chances of infection.
  • Wearing open shoes and changing shoes and socks every 2-3 days will help prevent the recurrence of athlete's foot.
  • Wearing protective footwear (flip flops or plastic shoes) in public shower rooms or changing areas.
  • Trying not to scratch affected areas, as this could potentially spread the infection to other areas of your body. 
  • Avoid close-fitting clothing where possible, and stick with breathable garments.
  • Avoid excessive soap or other irritants, such as bleach.
  • Heat rashes can be cooled with a cold compress or cool bath.


Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream is a widely used and effective antifungal treatment. However, every patient can respond differently to medication. If you find Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream is not effective for you, you may want to try an alternative treatment.


Other treatments for fungal skin conditions are available at Simple Online Pharmacy. These include:


Canesten cream is an effective treatment for vaginal thrush. For prescription vaginal thrush options, see our online thrush clinic.


What is Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream?

Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream is a medicated cream, commonly used in the treatment of sweat rash and athlete’s foot, as well as many other fungal skin infections. 

What are the ingredients of Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream?

Canesten HC cream contains two active ingredients - clotrimazole and hydrocortisone (an antifungal medication and a mild steroid respectively).

How does Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream work?

Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream works in two ways. Clotrimazole works by killing the fungi which are causing skin irritation. The steroid helps control and reduce inflammation and itchiness. Together, these medications can clear the infection and manage uncomfortable symptoms.

Can I buy Canesten Hydrocortisone cream over the counter?

Canesten Hydrocortisone cream is a pharmacy medicine. This means it can be bought over the counter, after a consultation with a pharmacist. You can also order Canesten HC cream from us at Simple Online Pharmacy.

We ask that you complete a medical assessment form as part of your order. Our pharmacists can then check to make sure it is safe and suitable for you to purchase the cream. Once purchased, you can arrange delivery, with options available for next-day delivery.

How do I use Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream?

Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream should be applied thinly and evenly to the affected area twice daily.

Can Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream be used for thrush?

No. Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream cannot be used on the anal or genital areas as it contains the active ingredient Hydrocortisone. There are other Canesten Thrush products available on our website.

Info Leaflet

Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at, or by contacting us.



Ingredients in Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream

Active Ingredients: 1% of Clotrimazole, 1% of Hydrocortisone

Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Benzyl Alcohol, Cetostearyl Alcohol, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Triceteareth-4-phosphate



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