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Daktacort Cream Information
Daktacort hydrocortisone cream is an antifungal cream used to treat skin conditions that are inflamed and infected like eczema, dermatitis, athlete’s foot and sweat rashes.
|Medication Name||Daktacort cream 30g|
|Active Ingredient||Miconazole nitrate and hydrocortisone
|Used to treat||Fungal infections on the skin|
|Available dosages||30g, 15g|
|Common side effects||Medicines containing mild hydrocortisone are very safe. Most people experience no side effects when they use the cream for less than a month. You may experience a stinging or burning sensation for a few minutes when putting the cream on your skin but this stops after using the medicine for a few days.|
|Who is this medication suitable for||Adults
Children aged 10 years or over
|Do you need a prescription for it?||No|
|How should it be used?||Clean the affected area with water and dry it well.
Apply a small amount of the cream to the area 2 or 3 times a day unless advised differently.
Gently rub the cream on the affected area.
Wash your hands carefully after applying the cream to avoid spreading the infection.
|Patient Information Leaflet||https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.1434.pdf|
What is Daktacort cream used for?
Daktacort cream is an antifungal medication used to treat inflamed skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis, which are often caused by fungal or bacterial infections. It’s also used for treating thrush-related irritation in areas like underarms, beneath the breasts, or the groin, where skin chafing can occur.
Daktacort cream is not a recommended treatment for ringworm, as the steroids in the cream can make the condition worse. As an alternative, Lamisil cream is more suitable for treating ringworm.
How does Daktacort cream work?
Daktacort cream contains miconazole nitrate and hydrocortisone. Miconazole destroys fungi and yeast by causing holes in cell membranes, which stops the infection from spreading. Hydrocortisone is a mild steroid that reduces inflammation, redness, swelling, and itching from the infection.
How long does Daktacort cream take to work?
Daktacort cream usually starts to relieve symptoms within 7 days of treatment and it’s recommended not to use the cream for more days than this. If there’s no visible improvement after 7 days of using Daktacort cream, speak to one of our pharmacists or your doctor for further advice.
Who can take Daktacort cream?
Daktacort cream is suitable for adults and children aged 10 or over to treat fungal skin infections with inflammation. It’s not recommended to use on the face or for viral infections.
Let one of our pharmacists know during your consultation if you:
- Have had an allergic reaction to any other creams or medicines
- Have an eye or skin infection
- Are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding
Read the patient information leaflet if you’re unsure whether it’s suitable for you to use Daktacort cream.
How to use Daktacort cream
- Clean the affected area with water and dry it well.
- Apply a small amount of the cream to the area 2 or 3 times a day unless advised differently.
- Gently rub the cream on the affected area.
- Wash your hands carefully after applying the cream to avoid spreading the infection.
Daktacort Cream Side Effects
Medicines containing mild hydrocortisone are very safe. Most people experience no side effects when they use the cream for less than a month. You may experience a stinging or burning sensation for a few minutes when putting the cream on your skin but this stops after using the medicine for a few days.
However, some people may experience some side effects;
Uncommon side effects
- Skin irritation
- Burning sensation
- Itchy skin
Rare side effects
- Swelling of the face or throat
- difficulty swallowing or breathing
- Signs of severe allergy (Hives, irritation of the skin)
Daktacort Cream Ingredients
Active Ingredients: miconazole nitrate and hydrocortisone
Other Ingredients: PEG-6, PEG-32 and glycol stearate, oleoyl macroglycerides, liquid paraffin, benzoic acid, disodium edetate, butylated hydroxyanisole and purified water.
Alternatives to Daktacort Cream
Common alternatives to Daktacort cream that can be used for thrush and similar infections include:
- Daktarin Oral Gel – An antifungal medication that treats infections affecting the mouth, throat and oesophagus
- Fluconazole 150mg Capsules – An oral antifungal medicine that treats thrush throughout the body.
- Nystan (Nystatin) Oral Suspension – antifungal medication used to treat infections of the throat, mouth or gut
These options are available to buy at our thrush clinic at our online pharmacy
Daktacort Cream Warnings
- Keep away from your eyes
- Should not be used on young children for long periods of time
- Keep out of SIGHT and REACH of children
- For storage, keep cream in a refrigerator
- Do not use after the expiry date shown on the label
Daktacort Cream FAQs
Daktacort cream effectively treats thrush that irritates areas where skin can rub such as the armpits, under the breasts, or the groin.
You can buy Daktacort cream online at Click2pharmacy from our online thrush clinic by filling out a free consultation for our doctor to assess. Once approved, your prescription will be sent directly to your door.
Daktacort cream’s ingredients may weaken contraception such as condoms or diaphragms reducing their effectiveness. This could lead to pregnancy or increase the risk of STIs.
excessive use of the cream can cause your skin to start thinning. It’s important to use the cream as advised, if unsure speak to one of our pharmacists or carefully read the patient information leaflet.
The cream should not be used for the face unless advised as it can make some skin conditions worse like impetigo, rosacea and acne.