Dermatology Handbook

The professional's guide to product selection

Antifungal corticosteroids (group 1, mild)

Canesten HC Cream

Used to treat fungal skin infections when there are additional symptoms of inflammation (such as swelling, redness and itching). This includes infection and irritation of the vulva or end of the penis (glans) caused by thrush; nappy rash and fungal infection of the breast fold (intertrigo); and infections such as ringworm and athlete’s foot.  Treats the fungal skin infection and reduces the swelling and itching caused by it. The active substances are clotrimazole and hydrocortisone acetate. Clotrimazole belongs to a group of medicines called imidazoles which destroy the fungi and some bacteria that cause skin infections. Hydrocortisone acetate is a mild steroid which reduces swelling, redness and itching associated with inflammation of the skin.


Daktacort is a compound of hydrocortisone and miconazole nitrate. Miconazole is a potent broad-spectrum antifungal and antibacterial agent with marked activity against dermatophytes, pathogenic yeasts (e.g. Candida spp.) and many Gram-positive bacteria, including most strains of Streptococcus and Staphylococcus. Hydocortisone is a widely used topical anti-inflammatory of value in the treatment of inflammatory skin conditions including atrophic and infantile eczema, contact sensitivity reactions and intertrigo


Cream containing the dipropionate ester of betamethasone, a glucocorticoid exhibiting the general properties of corticosteroids, and clotrimazole, which is an imidazole antifungal agent.


Contains nystatin, hydrocortisone, dimeticone and benzalkonium chloride.