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Candidal Sweat Rash

Candidal Sweat rash, also known as infected sweat rash, fungal sweat rash and candidal intertrigo ('thrush' of the skin-folds) is a sore, itchy, inflamed red rash that occurs when sweat builds up on the skin, upsetting its natural balance and causing soreness, itchiness or inflammation.

The condition is a fungal infection caused by an overgrowth of Candida albicans, a fungus naturally present on the skin. Trapped sweat, the cause of common sweat rash, and instances of excessive sweating can upset the balance of skin flora and lead to infection.

Infected sweat rash is most likely to occur as a result of sweating during exercise or warm weather, where skin rubs together (chafes) such as under arms, breasts, behind the knees, in the groin area or where skin rubs against clothing. Candidal sweat rash can be treated using a cream, spray or powder containing hydrocortisone (an anti-inflammatory) and an antifungal agent such as Clotrimazole. Once the inflammation has cleared up, treatment can be continued with a medicine containing just an antifungal, such as Daktarin Cream or Daktarin Powder.

Common symptoms of fungal sweat rash to look out include: inflamed skin, a sore red rash, itching, a burning sensation, and broken, moist skin.

Candidal intertrigo is sometimes confused with jock itch (tinea cruris) which is actually ringworm of the groin. Both infections can be easily treated with an antifungal cream.
If you suffer from excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), we have a full range of products to help combat your symptoms.
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Hydrocortisone + Antifungal Treatments

- A treatment that contains an anti-iflammatory, such as hydrocortisone, and an antifungal agent is the best course of action when it comes to dealing with candidal sweat rash. The hydrocortisone will ease the irritation and itchiness of red, inflamed skin, while the antifungal gets to work on the fungi responsible for the infection.
  • Canesten Hydrocortisone Athlete's Foot 1% Cream 15g

    Canesten Hydrocortisone Athlete's Foot 1% Cream 15g

    **Our recommendation**
    Canesten Hydrocortisone is our recommendation for dealing with candidal sweat rash. It contains both hydrocortisone and clotrimazole, helping to reduce soreness and inflammation, while treating the source of the problem, the overgrowth of Candida albincans.

    (incl VAT)
  • Daktacort HC Cream 15g

    Daktacort HC Cream 15g

    Triple-action treatment
    Daktacort hydrocortisone is specially formulated for the effective treatment of infected sweat rash and athlete's foot. Its triple-action formula is antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, helping to calm and soothe the itch while treating the root of the problem. It contains the antifungal agent miconazole nitrate.

    (incl VAT)

Antifungal Creams

  • Clotrimazole Cream 1% 20g

    Clotrimazole Cream 1% 20g

    Good value
    Clotrimazole is an antifungal agent used in the treatment of athlete's foot, ringworm, infected nappy rash, fungal infections of the skin (intertrigo) and thrush. The non-branded tube of clotrimazole cream offers excellent value for money.

    (incl VAT)
  • Daktarin Gold Cream 15g

    Daktarin Gold Cream 15g

    Prescription strength
    Daktarin Gold Cream is a prescription strength cream that provides rapid relief and long lasting protection athlete's foot, jock itch and candidal sweat rash. It contains the active ingredient Ketoconazole 2% w/w, a powerful antifungal agent.

    (incl VAT)
  • Daktarin Cream 15g

    Daktarin Cream 15g

    Daktarin Cream is a soothing cream formulated to treat fungal and associated bacterial infections of the skin and nails. It contains the active ingredient Miconazole nitrate 2% w/w.

    (incl VAT)

Antifungal Powders

  • Daktarin Powder 20g

    Daktarin Powder 20g

    Prevents re-infection.
    An antifungal powder, such as Daktarin Powder, can be used to treat the skin and help prevent fungal skin infections from returning.

    (incl VAT)

Antifungal Sprays

  • Canesten Dermatological Spray

    Canesten Dermatological Spray

    A cooling spray to treat fungal infections of the skin such as infected sweat rash, jock itch, and ring worm. Ideal for those hard to reach areas.

    (incl VAT)

Other Products

  • Hydrocortisone Creams

    Hydrocortisone Creams

    Reduces inflammation. A hydrocortisone cream can be used to treat the inflammation associated with infected sweat rash.

Related Conditions

  • Chafing


    Chafing is the soreness and irritation of the skin caused by prolonged rubbing against skin, clothing or other material. In particularly bad instances, chafing can lead to blisters or broken, raw skin, which, if left untreated, can lead to inflammation and possible infection. It is a common occurrence during sports and physical activities, particularly during hot weather, when sweating is a factor.

  • Sweat Rash

    Sweat Rash

    Sweat rash, commonly referred to as prickly heat, is a very itchy and unpleasant ailment commonly associated with sweating in hot and humid conditions. Excessive sweating can cause the sweat glands to become blocked with bacteria and dead skin cells. This stops them from emptying properly, causing sweat to get trapped under the skin.