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Does Canex V Cream Help Cure Yeast Infections?

A vaginal yeast infection, which is also sometimes called vulvovaginal candidiasis, happens when the healthy yeast that normally lives in your vagina grows out of control. It often leads to itching and other irritating symptoms. The medical name for a yeast infection is “candidiasis,” because they’re usually caused by a type of yeast called candida.

If your vaginal chemistry gets thrown off balance, the normal yeast that live in your vagina can grow too much and lead to an infection. Some things that can cause changes in your vagina’s environment are:

•          normal changes in hormone levels (like during your menstrual cycle)

•          antibiotics, cortisone, and other drugs

•          pregnancy

•          diabetes

•          a weak immune system

•          a natural reaction to another person’s genital chemistry

Yeast infections can happen on penises and scrotums too, but it’s not as common. They can cause redness and irritation on your penis or scrotum.

Yeast infections aren’t an STD. They aren’t contagious, and can’t spread to another person during sex. But sexual contact sometimes leads to yeast infections — your body chemistry can have a bad reaction to another person’s natural genital yeast and bacteria, which causes yeast to grow. Around  75% of women will get at least one yeast infection in their lifetime, up to 8% get more than four a year. They’re called recurrent yeast infections when they happen over and over.

People can also get a yeast infection on their mouth, throat, or tongue — that’s called “thrush.”

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.

Does Canex V Cream help with yeast infections?

Yes, Canex V cream works by killing the yeast that causes the fungal infection. It usually treats thrush within 7 days but it’s best to treat the infection for at least 2 weeks to stop it coming back. The most common side effect is an itching or burning feeling in the area being treated. Most yeast infections are caused by a type of fungus (candida) called Candida albicans. Other kinds of fungus can cause yeast infections too, but antifungal treatments usually only target the most common one. If your infection is caused by something different, Canex V cream may not be effective for you.

How to Apply Canex V Cream

To apply Canex vaginal cream, you will need a towel, soap, and water.


Find a comfortable place where you can lie down while applying the cream. Your bed can be an ideal option, though you may want to place a towel underneath you to prevent any cream from spilling on your linens.


  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Open the tube.
  • Screw the applicator nozzle onto the tube until it is secure but not overly tight.
  • Gently squeeze the tube from the bottom to push a sufficient amount of cream into the applicator barrel. Make sure it is enough to reach the prescribed dose. Most applicators provide markings to indicate where you should stop.
  • Unscrew the applicator from the tube.
  • Lie on your back with your knees drawn toward you.
  • Gently insert the applicator deep into your vagina.
  • Press the plunger down until it reaches its original position.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after applying the cream.

Note, if you are pregnant, insert the applicator gently and don’t insert it past the point where you feel resistance.

Cleaning the Applicator

Reusable applicators should be cleaned by pulling the plunger to remove it from the barrel and washing it with mild soap and warm water. Wipe it dry and allow it to air dry while disassembled. You can assemble it to store away once it is dry, such as in the morning if you are using it before bedtime. Never boil your reusable applicator or use extremely hot water, as this can cause the plastic to melt or deteriorate.

If you are using Canex V cream to treat an infection, you should discard the applicator once you have finished your course of treatment. The used applicator could transfer yeast, bacteria, and other microorganisms if you were to reuse it in the future.


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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