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Can I Use Canex V Cream For My Face?

A yeast infection is an infection of the skin or mucous membranes, such as those inside the mouth or vagina. It occurs due to a fungus from the Candida species. Candida albicans and other yeasts live on the skin with other pathogens, such as bacteria, dermatophytes, and other fungi, in a well-balanced ecosystem.

Yeast infections on your face are caused by an overgrowth of Candida in your body. In most cases, a yeast infection on your face is accompanied by yeast infections throughout your body. However, local yeast infections can occur when an imbalance affects only one area of your body, including your face.

Common causes of a yeast imbalance on your face include:

•          lack of hygiene

•          excessive sweating

•          licking around your mouth

•          harsh facial products

•          rough scrubbing

•          facial tissue irritation

Facial yeast infection symptoms

Yeast infections usually present as a red skin rash. This rash can sometimes appear with bumps or pustules. If the rash is centrally located around your mouth, you may have a condition called oral thrush, which is a yeast infection of the mouth.

The rash can also be accompanied with the following:

•          itching

•          ulcers

•          dry skin patches

•          burning

•          pimples

What is Canex V Cream?

Canex V cream is a brand of clotrimazole for use in the vagina. Clotrimazole is in a class of antifungal medications called imidazoles. It works by stopping the growth of fungi that cause infection. In terms of pharmacological action, clotrimazole is very similar to miconazole. It has a broad spectrum of antifungal activity. It is effective with respect to dermatophytes, and it also has an antimicrobial effect against streptococci and staphylococci. Canex V cream is used to treat for treatment in adults and children 12 years of age and older.

Can I Use Canex V Cream For My Face?

Canex V cream is specified for vaginal use, but generally you can apply clotrimazole cream to any affected area on your skin only. A strip of cream (0.5cm long) is enough to treat an area the size of your hand. Avoid putting it near your mouth, lips and eyes.

To treat a yeast infection on the face, most people can use antifungal medications. Discuss with your doctor or pharmacist about the best topical antifungal products available for your face.

Canex V cream side effects

Stop  using Canex V cream and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives).

Side effects are not likely to occur with Canex V cream. Continue to use Canex V cream and talk to your doctor if you experience

•          nausea or stomach upset,

•          vomiting,

•          itching, or

•          an unpleasant sensation in the mouth.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Dr. Oche Otorkpa PG Cert, MPH, PhD

Dr. Oche is a seasoned Public Health specialist who holds a post graduate certificate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an MPH, and a PhD both from Texila American University. He is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. He authored two books: "The Unseen Terrorist," published by AuthorHouse UK, and "The Night Before I Killed Addiction."
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