Clotrimazole is an antifungal that has different uses in over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. Depending on the dose and form, clotrimazole can be used to treat symptoms associated with skin fungus infections such as athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm. Clotrimazole can also be used to treat vaginal yeast infections. Clotrimazole can be found in single-ingredient topical skin fungus medicines as well as in single-ingredient vaginal yeast infection products.
Clotrimazole is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is safe and effective when used according to the Drug Facts label directions. Clotrimazole-containing medicines that are labeled to treat athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm are for external use only and should never be used to treat vaginal yeast infections.