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Daktarin cream is a kind of antifungal medication. The active ingredient in this substance, miconazole, is effective at killing various kinds of yeasts and fungi’s that can lead to infections on the skin. More information

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Daktarin cream is a form of antifungal medication that contains the active ingredient Miconazole. This substance kills various kinds of bacteria, yeasts and fungi that appear on the skin and cause infections. If you have athlete’s foot, fungal skin infections, or a fungus infection in your nail, then you can use Daktarin.  

What is Daktarin? 

Daktarin cream is a kind of antifungal medication. The active ingredient in this substance, miconazole, is effective at killing various kinds of yeasts and fungi’s that can lead to infections on the skin. Daktarin is available in the form of a cream that can be applied topically to the area that is infected.  

The antifungal miconazole is relatively safe for most people, and it is available in its generic form, as well as in branded products. Daktarin is available to buy from pharmacies without a prescription because it is so well-tolerated. However, it is still important to follow the instructions provided by your consultant when taking Daktarin.  

Daktarin is a well-known brand name for this medication, and it can also offer miconazole medications in other forms, including an oral gel for thrush of the mouth or throat, and powder for skin infections. Daktarin cream can be effective against various forms of bacteria, and it also contains moisturizing properties that may help the skin to heal. 

While most fungal infections aren’t particularly dangerous, and don’t cause long-term problems, they are often uncomfortable, itchy, and unpleasant. Clearing the fungus quickly with this cream will make it easier for you to resume your regular routine.  

When is Daktarin used? 

Daktarin can be used for a wide variety of reasons, including ringworm, athlete’s foot, candidiasis, scalp infections, groin infections, and nappy rash. It is important to ensure that you are using this medication correctly by asking your consultant for their recommendation before you begin taking Daktarin. If this is not the right treatment for your condition, then your consultant may be able to offer you an alternative.  

Daktarin is an antifungal medicine that kills yeasts and fungi by causing holes to appear within the cell membranes. This causes the fungal cells to die, clearing up the infections. Daktarin is also an antibacterial substance which will kill the bacteria that might be present and perpetuating an infection.  

Most forms of Daktarin cream are also helpful for moisturizing the skin and helping it to heal after an infection has successfully cleared. 

How do you use Daktarin? 

Daktarin is a form of topical medication that can be applied directly to the skin or affected area. You should follow the instructions provided by your doctor or consultant carefully when you are using this medication. Although this is a relatively safe form of treatment, if you do not apply it correctly, you could have a higher chance of the problem continuing or getting worse. 

Before you apply Daktarin, make sure that you read the patient leaflet included with the cream, as this will provide you with more information about how to use the substance, and how to avoid any dangerous side effects. Make sure that you wash the affected area of skin and nails thoroughly before you apply the cream. Pat the area dry and make sure that no water remains before adding the Daktarin.  

For skin infections, you will usually need to apply this cream multiple times per day. Add a small amount of cream to the skin and rub it gently into the affected area and surrounding skin. Unless the infected skin to be treated is on your hands, you will need to wash your hands thoroughly after applying this cream. This will prevent the infection from spreading to other areas of the body. It will also help to stop the cream from getting into your eyes.  

It can take approximately two to six weeks before you begin to notice the results of using this cream regularly. You may need to be patient before you start to see the outcome. Keep applying the cream according to the instructions provided and speak to your doctor if you are concerned. Remember that nail infections can take much longer to clear up than standard skin infections. 

What dosages are there? 

Daktarin comes in a single tube for application. Your consultant will recommend how much you should use depending on your condition and your previous reaction to treatments. Do not use more Daktarin than suggested by your consultant. Using an excessive amount of this medication will not clear your condition faster, but it could increase your chances of side effects.  

For skin infections, the typical dose of Daktarin is a single layer of cream applied to the affected area of the skin twice per day. Rub the cream into the affected area and surrounding skin thoroughly.  

For nail infections, you will also need to apply the cream to the affected skin twice per day. Rub it in gently to the nail and surrounding skin. You should continue to use this cream for 10 days after all of the signs of your infection have cleared up. This will make sure that the problem is fully treated and therefore less likely to come back.  

If the infection is getting no worse after regular application, speak to a doctor.  

What are the side effects of Daktarin? 

Daktarin and other medications can affect people in different ways. It’s important to be aware that side effects can occur when you take this medication. You should keep track of how you feel after using this medication so you can tell your doctor if you notice any symptoms that you are concerned about.  

It’s important to remember that just because a side effect is listed here or in the patient leaflet doesn’t mean that it will happen to you. The most common side effects of Daktarin will happen right after you apply the medication. They include irritation and burning around the application area, as well as a warmth or itching after application.  

It is unlikely that you will experience any severe side effects when using this medication, however, you should contact a medical professional immediately if you are concerned about the way that your skin or body responds to this cream.  

Allergic reactions with Daktarin are unlikely but seek emergency medical attention if you notice any of the symptoms of an allergic response, including anaphylaxis, or swelling of the tongue face or throat. Other signs of an allergic reaction might also include things like rash around the application area, dizziness or trouble breathing.  

If you notice any other side effects besides the ones mentioned above, seek medical attention and stop using this cream.  

When shouldn’t you use Daktarin? 

Daktarin and other medications can sometimes react negatively with certain people. Your response to this substance will differ depending on your medical history and any other conditions that you may have. It is important to speak to your consultant about your medical background before you begin using Daktarin.  

Telling your consultant about your history and answering any questions that they have about your current symptoms will help to ensure that you are getting the treatment that is right for you. For instance, it is not safe to take this medication if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it, including inactive ingredients.  

Additionally, you should check with your consultant or a doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding when taking this medication. It is not recommended to use this cream during pregnancy unless it is deemed to be absolutely necessary. Because Daktarin is a topical substance, it is unlikely that much of the active ingredient will be absorbed into your blood stream to make it dangerous for breast feeding purposes. However, you should seek additional advice if you are applying this cream to the area around your breasts, or anywhere that a child may come into contact with.  

Seek additional advice if you are currently getting medication for blood thinning purposes, as this could make Daktarin less safe for you to take.  

Does Daktarin interact with other medications? 

Daktarin is a relatively safe treatment for those who need to take Miconazole. That is because it is absorbed through the skin in very small amounts. Topical treatments are often much safer than pills and other forms of medication because not a lot of the active ingredient will enter the blood stream.  

Additionally, because Daktarin is topical, it is unlikely to affect any of the other medications that you may be using by mouth. However, you should tell your consultant about any drugs that you are using besides Daktarin, this includes any over-the-counter substances or herbal supplements.  

If you are taking warfarin to prevent blood clots, there is a small chance that the active ingredient from this cream can enhance the impact of Daktarin and warfarin. Your doctor may recommend taking regular tests to see how your blood clotting changes when you are taking this medication.  

If you are using any other topical medications or you want to apply moisturizers after using Daktarin, it’s important to leave at least thirty minutes between applications of each product. This will give the substance more time to be absorbed into the skin. The quicker you apply other medications after Daktarin, the more likely Daktarin is to become diluted.  

Where can you buy Daktarin? 

Daktarin can be purchased safely online without a prescription necessary. However, you will need a consultation with a professional, and it is important to follow the advice given to you carefully.  

Can I get Daktarin without a prescription? 

Daktarin is available without a prescription. Make sure that you follow the instructions on the patient leaflet, however.  


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Assessed by:

Dr Imran Malik, General practitioner
Registration number: GMC: 4741365

Dr Imran Malik studied undergraduate medicine at King's College University in Central London and clinical studies at the prestigious King's College Hospital. He graduated with a MBBS degree in 2000 and went on to gain postgraduate memberships with the Royal Society of Medicine and also General Practice in 2006.