Uses and Side Effects of Candiderma Cream
What Is Candiderma Cream?
Candiderma is a skin preparation manufactured by Glenmark Pharmaceuticals of India. It is used for fungal, bacterial, and inflammatory skin conditions.
- Clotrimazole 1% W/V
- Beclomethasone Diproprionate 0.025% W/V
- Neomycin Sulphate 0.5% W/V
Candiderma cream should not be confused with plain Candiderm cream, which only contains ketoconazole.
Warning: This cream is not safe to use with children because it contains a steroid. Please have your doctor advise on an appropriate treatment for children.
Uses of Candiderma Cream
Candiderma cream is primarily used for mixed fungal and bacterial skin infections with inflammation. It can be used when a doctor is not sure whether the underlying cause of a skin condition is due to a fungal, immunal, or bacterial problem.
The clotrimazole in Candiderma cream helps treat fungal skin infections. Neomycin, a broad-spectrum antibacterial medication, treats any bacterial infection. Beclomethasone is a steriod which helps treat the itchiness that is associated with fungal skin infections.
Another possible use for this preparation is in anticipation of a bacterial infection. For example, most fungal skin infections cause severe itchiness, which can cause the patient to scratch the affected area. Scratching can break the skin and make a bacterial infection more probable. Sometimes this secondary infection can cause serious problems such as cellulitis, which needs intravenous antibiotics treatment. As a result, doctors prescribe Candiderma to stop the itching and prevent the possibility of infection.
When Should Candiderma Not Be Used?
This skin preparation should only be used to treat the inflammation associated with bacterial infections, or to treat fungal infections that are also associated with a bacterial infection.
Since it contains a potent steroid, it can aggravate viral and bacterial infections (if the bacterial infection is the predominant problem). Therefore, it should not be used to treat acne, furuncle, carbuncle, and impetigo. It should also not be used on open or infected wounds.
For infected wounds, antibacterial preparations without steroids should be used.
Dosage and Administration of Candiderma
Always administer the cream as you have been prescribed and instructed by your physician. Most patients are advised to use it twice per day for a period of two to four weeks depending on the severity of the condition being treated.
Directions for use:
- Using a non-allergenic and mild soap, wash your hands using soap before and after applying the medication.
- Wash the area of skin to be treated.
- Massage a small amount of the cream into the skin, leaving a thin layer of the cream behind to air dry.
- Do not bandage unless specifically recommended by your physician.
- Continue to use the cream for the full length of time prescribed by your doctor even if you feel better.
Precautions and Warnings Before Using Candiderma
Though it is uncommon, applying this skin preparation can cause irritation in people with sensitive skin. It can also worsen viral skin lesions, bacterial skin infections, and open or infected wounds due to the immunosuppression action of the beclomethasone.
The steroid beclomethasone in this preparation can also cause skin thinning, which is especially common when this preparation is applied over a long period of time.
Absorption of this medication into the bloodstream is minimal when applied properly. Do not apply inside the vagina, the mouth, or the rectum as it can be toxic when absorbed.
Side Effects of Candiderma
This cream is generally well-tolerated. Despite this, patients should report all side effects they notice to their physician. Possible side effects include:
- Stinging sensations
- Burning sensations
Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following:
- Edema (swelling)
- Pigmentation changes (changes in skin color or tone)
- Atrophy (wasting away)
- Growth changes
- Stretch marks
- Cushing's syndrome (a condition that occurs after long exposure to high levels of the hormone cortisol and is sometimes called hypercortisolism. Its hallmark signs are a fatty hump between your shoulders, a rounded face, and pink or purple stretch marks on your skin. Cushing's syndrome can also result in high blood pressure, bone loss and, on occasion, diabetes)
- Symptoms of an allergic or hypersensitive reaction (such as difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest pains, skin rash, hives, or swelling)
Please note that this author does not have any affiliation to Glenmark Pharmaceuticals or the Candiderma cream product. The only purpose for this article is to highlight the uses and side effects of this skin product. Always see a doctor before starting any treatment.