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 and, if approved, dispatch it to your chosen address. If for any reason your order is not approved, a full refund is issued.

About Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream

Canesten Hydrocortisone cream is a cream containing a mild steroid (Hydrocortisone) and antifungal agent (Clotrimazole). It is sometimes referred to as Canesten HC cream. It is commonly used in the treatment of:

  • Fungal sweat rashes
  • Fungal nappy rashes
  • Other fungal (yeast) infections 

Clotrimazole works to kill the fungi and yeasts which cause these conditions. It does this by interfering with their cell walls. 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. The skin gets inflamed when certain chemicals are released because of irritation from the infection. Hydrocortisone works to stop these chemicals 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.

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, and the skin can become macerated and soggy). This may spread to the other toes (however it rarely affects the area between the big and 2nd toe). The soles of the feet may become scaly and dry.

Athlete’s foot is common in adults (it is rarely seen in children) and it is commonly caused by contact with fungal spores which are found on floor surfaces in public places such as swimming pools and changing rooms.  

Creams are the best treatments for damp areas, for example between the toes, and ointments are mainly used for when the infected skin is dry.

Practical tips

  • Good foot hygiene (washing and drying daily thoroughly, in particular between the toes).
  • Wearing open shoes and changing shoes and socks every 2-3 days will help prevent recurrence of athlete's foot.
  • Wearing protective footwear (flip flops or plastic shoes) in public shower rooms or changing areas.
  • Trying not to scratch the affected area as this could potentially spread the infection to other areas on your body. 


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 a different treatment such as Daktarin Cream 2%


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 cream commonly used in the treatment of sweat rash and athlete’s foot. It can also be used for a number of other fungal skin infections. 

What are the ingredients of Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream?

Canesten HC cream is a cream containing clotrimazole and hydrocortisone as the active ingredients.

How does Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream work?

Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream works in two ways. Clotrimazole works by killing off the fungi which are causing the skin irritation. The steroid helps control and reduce inflammation and itchiness.

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.

How do I use Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream?

Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream should be applied thinly 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.

Content Reviewed: 25/01/21

Side Effects

Side effects of Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream 15g

Not everyone will experience side effects with Canesten Hydrocortisone cream but it is always important to be aware of possible side effects. Common side effects associated with using this cream are:

  • Irritation
  • Discomfort of the affected areas of skin
  • Blisters
  • Peeling of the skin
  • Rash
  • Stinging or burning

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.

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.


How to apply Canesten Hydrocortisone cream

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


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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