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Uses and Side Effects of Candiderma Cream

Dr. Manura Nanayakkara is a practicing doctor in Sri Lanka. He holds a postgraduate diploma in psychiatry.

What Is Candiderma Cream?

Candiderma cream is a skin preparation manufactured by Glenmark Pharmaceuticals of India. It is used for fungal, bacterial, and inflammatory skin conditions.

Active ingredients:

  • 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 steroid that 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:

  • Irritation
  • Itching
  • Peeling
  • Redness
  • Inflammation
  • 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.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


Nihith on October 15, 2018:

Can i use candiderm for malar lupus rash?????

pranit adam on February 11, 2018:

cani use candiderma to treat jock itch

Taisin Mulla on July 30, 2017:

Can we use Candid Derma cream for Yeast infection of Vagina

Ugan on July 12, 2017:

Dr. I hve had long time infection uti, I hve been given all antibiotics but I has failed to heal. Done pap smear but negative...however I have a iud ...please advise the cause and possible treatment

Jeena on July 02, 2017:

Sir I had pierced my nose on may month end.It got infected now its almost 1 month,not cured still. I have tried fucidin, cutisoft topical creams but no improvement. Can I use candiderma for this?

Shamina on June 04, 2017:

Can I use candidarma cream for diaper rash for my baby

Pepper on May 13, 2017:

Hai Doc,

Iam a lady aged 26 and i have had a problem with my vagina for quite a longtime now i usually hv pain during intercourse i did all tests including PID,UTI,STDs but it came out negative though wen i did a pap smear test and a scan it shows i have a mild inflamation on my cevix i have been given all kinds of antibiotics but the problem wont go away,what can u suggest i try and what cud be the problem with my cevix?Pliz desperately in need of your help.Thankyou.

edwin on February 26, 2017:

hello sir,

Im Edwin i have fews spots coming out on my penis is it ok if i use Candiderm 15 g.

Sikha on December 28, 2016:

Hii doctor

My husband has inflammation problem in his annus and for him it's difficult to sit. he doesn't have piles problem. Can he use candiderma cream in his annus for inflammatory pain. Plz do reply.

Kavita on September 26, 2016:

I m 33 yrs , from a month or so I m suffering from vaginal itching due to this its very embarrassing in public n home also . I used dermicool powder n parachute oil every now n then but all in vain . coz of this I can't concentrate on my family n routine n going through depression .

Plz doctor suggest me to get rid off this problem n relief from irritation .

Vishal on September 19, 2016:

HI doctor,

I had fungal infection in the groin part and doctor gave me coniderm-f cream and 2 tablets- Phenergan-25 and Grisovin-FP. After appling it, red colour and swellings started to appear. Now, 5-6 small pimples are there in the scrotum. The swellings are hard. But as time pass by, fuss come out of it. What should I do, doc? Please reply

Bhvesh on September 08, 2016:

I have fungal on face doctor suggest me to use kz soap with episert cream on face and some oral medicine onitraze for 200 to stop fungi

It stop for certain days again it gets appear

Please suggest me can I use hh zole on face as dermatologist suggest me to use for 7 days with cap aquasol 2 cap once a day cap zevit for 1 months is this will help

raju on August 28, 2016:


I got red circle type infection on my face and private area , its much irritating and less itching which cream should I use can u suggest me Sir

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on January 02, 2016:


Yes you can use it.

Shree on December 30, 2015:

I am pregnant for 21 weeks. Can I use Coniderm -F ?

hazib on November 28, 2015:

Dr, i got itching befor four years but now its ok, but there is some marks on affacted areas , can u suggest me medicin for clearing that marks on affected sides

shannon on October 07, 2015:


Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on September 06, 2015:

Yes, you can use it, side effects are similar to Candid B

raj on September 02, 2015:

Sir there is iching in lower pennis area in last 3days skin was rubbing and its redish colur iwas using cadidermaplus cream is it ok r any side effects

chav on August 15, 2015:

hi doc can it use for enzema

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on August 14, 2015:

It is not manufactured to treat pimples and it has a steroid which will aggravate infections.

Elbist on August 14, 2015:


Sir, you said I should use Benzyl peroxide cream for this my pimples, those it mean that candiderm cream don't cure pimples in someone face.If yes, y? And if no, why?. Please explain more. Thanks

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on August 14, 2015:

Dont use this for acne. For acne use Benzyl peroxide cream. If not responding get a doctors advice.

Elbist on August 14, 2015:


I just bought this candiderm cream 2day, but I was given advice from my sister to buy it. My condition is that I have strong pimples all over my face and it do pain me. Sir I don't know if you can highlight me more on the cream and weather it will work on my face. Thanks

Arun on July 10, 2015:

Sir, my mother is about 47 years old,she has been suffering from diabetes frim last 2 years,but from few days she is experiencing vagina itching and some pimple inside the vagina due to rubbimg the area when itching.after having good diet and antibiotic it was ok.but periodically she experiences the same problem,may be due to bad diet. I have taken advice from doctor as he advised me to use candidernma cream.i purchase the candiderma plus cream15g..i am confused with the name,can vandiderma plus cream 15g is suitable for vaginal fungal my request to you is to please suggest me wheter this cream can be used inside the vagina or to use this cream for vagina as it is being it harmful..please suggest me.

Thank you..

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on June 27, 2015:

Since you did see any improvement with steroid and antifungal (zole h), I suggest you to see a qualified dermatologist.

P S jat on June 27, 2015:

Sir there is itching in my lower area of pennis and testicles since last one year. I applied itch guard for almost one month. After doctor suggestion I am applying KTZ Soap, Hh zole cream since last one month. There is no any improvement till date. Now skin started thining. Blood races are seen in the area. Infection also increasing towards upper side of pennis. Area also become red. Please suggest some treatment.

Barsha on June 19, 2015:

Mam,there is an itching in my under breast and my under breast skin is cracking and there is some discoloration. please suggest me what can I do?

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on June 14, 2015:

From where do you discharging.

georgeg on June 14, 2015:

pls sir am discharching something like white , can l use candiderm cream.

joyce on May 09, 2015:

I'm pregnant of three weeks and I gate fungus the nurse give me candiderm cream I need help if their is any infection for the pregnancy?

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on April 22, 2015:

Yes it can be used, but you may need to take oral antibiotics if the infection is severe. Delaying proper treatment would cause problems.

geetaprasad on April 20, 2015:

Hi Dr.

Can use rhis cream for testiculs skin infection and swelling amd itchingness..plz advise me


Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on April 01, 2015:

No it should NOT be used for burns

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on April 01, 2015:

No it should NOT be used for burns

sapna on April 01, 2015:

Can dis cream b used on d skin burns?

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on March 14, 2015:

It seems you need to take oral antibiotics, this seems an bacterial infection or cellulitis. Meet your doctor immediately. Candiderma will not help if it is deep infection.

sunita on March 12, 2015:

M 21 n once a month i get vaginal swelling m not able to understand if its becaise of lack of water or some kind of infection..d area is swollen n is ever painful mostly wen i sit or walk or stand straight..its very painful from 2 daz i hav started to use d cream candiderma + plz suggest wen will it recover n mostly how to recover d pain

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on January 02, 2015:

It is not advised to use for Acne.

basant on January 01, 2015:

Is it helpful for aVOiding. Pimples!!!

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on December 13, 2014:

It is not meant and harmful to apply to the whole body. For itchiness you need to discuss with doctor as there are many conditions that can cause itchiness such as liver problems.

ash on December 13, 2014:

Can i apply candiderma cream on my whole body to prevent itchiness..??

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on December 12, 2014:

It is not safe to use in children. Because it has strong steroid and broad spectrum antibacterial. It is important to get a proper diagnosis and use a mild form of skin preparation for small children.

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on December 12, 2014:

It is difficult to give definite diagnosis without actually looking at the lesion, but trying antifungal medication won't hurt. Candid B cream can be used as Candiderma has antibacterial preparation which can cause problems when there is no bacterial infection.

patience on December 11, 2014:

Hi Doc , Am using candiderm cream on my 9 months old baby.are there any risk ?

nishafdsouza on December 09, 2014:

Hi doctor,

Wen ever I rub the skin around my vaginal and thigh joint area I find lot of dusty particles. It looks like dirt from the skin when you don't bath for months. I feel it is an infection due to which my vaginal area becomes dry and itchy.

Please suggest whst I can do

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on December 09, 2014:

Yes it can be applied to both inside and outside of vagina.

jidha on December 09, 2014:

having the same history of angel.cudnt understand your response properly.can u plz explain it once more.can it be applied inside.

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on December 03, 2014:

Yes it can be applied in the vulva

Angel on November 29, 2014:

I had white discharge problem n doctor said it's infection may b caused frm ua husband cz I'm recently married n she gave me fas kit tabs for both n sum tab for insertion wit dat she gave candiderma plus cream to apply shud I apply ly d vaginal vulva surface o inside d vagina plz clear ma doubt

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on November 12, 2014:

Dear Durga

It is not meant to use for long term. It is indicated for short term treatment. Main side effects on long term use are skin thinning, and appearance of striae.

if you have long term condition then it is best to get a medical opinion after showing your condition.

Hope this helps


DURGA on November 12, 2014:




Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on October 03, 2014:

If it occurred just after marriage it will go off as time pass by. I think you should stop applying candid b. But can use ky jelly during sex. If you have pain with passing urine then may need to take medication for it.

deepika on October 03, 2014:


Iam 25 years old,just i got married and i had severe itching and irritation in the vagina. Doctor had given candid B cream to apply but after applying i get severe there any side effects ?or do i need to go to the doctor again.

Kindly advise me..

Thanking you

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on September 28, 2014:

Yes it can be used in Axillary itching. But use after cleaning the area with a mild soap.

ria on September 27, 2014:

Is candiderma cream useful for axillary itching

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on September 13, 2014:

You can use beclomin cream

keran on September 11, 2014:

dear docter,

I make operaction for piles(hemaroids) after i use candiderma cream, but now iam in saudia the cream is not avilable ,so pls tell i can use which cream instead of candiderma cream

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on September 07, 2014:

You may be having allergic problem. Try to identify possible allergen. E.g specific shoe, or contact. This is called contact dermatitis. Anyway it is better to show it to a dermatologist.

A Chakraborty on September 06, 2014:

Dear Doctor, I am a 32 years aged male from kolkata having fungal infection at sole of right leg. It itches much and skin gets cracking. Earlier it was diagnosed as tinea pedi where skin gets foliated with itching. I am using candiderma + since last one month but no betterment in symptoms. Kindly help. Regards

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on July 07, 2014:

It depends on the condition you use. If the condition is settled then you need to stop it. Otherwise there can be side effects such as skin thining.

A.DURGA DEVI on July 07, 2014: