Canesten 1.0% cream should be used to treat fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete's foot, fungal nappy rash and fungal infection of the breast fold (intertrigo). It may also be used for the treatment of irritation of the vulva or end of the penis (glands) which may be associated with thrush. If you are unsure of the cause of your infection, seek the advice of your doctor or pharmacist.When should I not use Canesten 1.0% cream? Do not use Canesten 1% cream if you have previously had an allergic reaction to the active ingredient clotrimazole. If you are unsure about this, ask your doctor or pharmacist.What special precautions should I take?If you are pregnant or are planning a family, tell your doctor or pharmacist before using Canesten 1.0% cream. If you have informed your doctor or pharmacist already, follow their instructions carefully.As with other creams and pessaries, this product may reduce the effectiveness of rubber contraceptives, such as condoms or diaphragms, when used together. If you are using this cream on the vagina or penis you should use alternative precautions for at least five days after using this product.Your doctor or pharmacist may recommend that you use an antifungal dusting powder as well, particularly for treating athlete's foot.You can help the treatment to work if you follow these simple self-help tips :* Although the infected area will itch, do not scratch. Scratching will damage the surface of the skin and cause the infection to spread further.* Keep the affected areas of the skin clean* Pay particular attention to drying the skin but avoid excessive rubbingYour Canesten cream is for external use only and should not be put in the mouth or swallowed. If it is swallowed accidentally, seek medical advice immediately.What should I do if I forget to use my Canesten 1.0% cream ?Apply the cream as soon as possible and then continue the rest of your treatment as usual.What undersirable effects may I experience?The symptoms of your skin infection, such as itching or soreness, should improve within a few days of treatment although signs such as redness and scaling may take longer to disappear.Canesten cream may cause unwanted effects in some people. You may experience a mild burning or irritation immediately after applying the cream. If you find this intolerable, stop treatment and tell your doctor.If, upon first use of Canesten cream, you experience a rash and itching, tell your doctor immediately as you may be allergic to Canesten.If your symptoms get worse or persist, or you feel you are reacting badly to this medicine in any other way, consult your doctor.How should I store my Canesten 1.0% cream?Canesten 1.0% cream should be stored in the original carton in a cool, dry place, below 25ºCKeep out of reach of childrenDo not use the cream after the expiry date which is printed at one end of the carton and on the end of the tube.If you find that you still have this medicine after its expiry date, return it to your pharmacist who will dispose of it properly.Remember : This medicine is for your use only. Do not give it to anyone else under any circumstances. If you have any doubts about using Canesten 1.0% cream correctly, seek the advice of your doctor or pharmacist.