Daktarin antifungal cream is an effective treatment for a number of fungal skin infections, including athlete's foot, ringworm and jock itch.
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Daktarin is an antifungal topical cream which is used to treat fungal infections such as Athlete's foot, jock itch and ringworm.
Fungal skin infections are contagious and can be passed on to other people. Therefore, it is imperative that treatment is sought in order to reduce the chance of the infection spreading to other parts of your body or other people.
Daktarin contains an antifungal called miconazole nitrate.
This compound interferes with the production of a chemical, called ergosterol, which the cells need to survive. By inhibiting the cells ability to produce ergosterol, the walls of the fungal cell become weakened and the contents of the cells spill out, thus killing the infection.
Similarly to antibiotics, it is important to complete your course of treatment to ensure the infection is rid from the body and does not come back.
Daktarin cream is a topical cream which is intended for external use only.
You should use Daktarin twice daily for fungal skin infections. After the signs and symptoms have gone away, continue using Daktarin for a further 7 days to prevent the infection from recurring.
The doctor will tell you whether you should apply it once or twice a day, depending on the severity of the infection. You should continue using Daktarin for 10 days after your symptoms have cleared.
If you have any concerns about the amount of cream you should use, or how to apply the cream, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for assistance.
All medicines carry the risk of side effects, but not everybody gets them. Before using Daktarin, you should familiarise yourself with the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine. If you have any concerns regarding the safety of this medicine, consult your doctor or a pharmacist for further advice.
Daktarin may not be suitable for you. Speak to your doctor before using Daktarin if you are:
Inform our doctors of all the medicines you take, including those on prescription, bought over the counter or health supplements, so they can assess the safety of this medicine for you.
Do not use Daktarin if you are allergic to miconazole or any of the following ingredients:
If you experience the signs of an allergic reaction, discontinue the use of Daktarin immediately and seek immediate emergency medical attention.
Signs of an allergic reaction include:
Rare side effects (may affect less than 1 in 1,000 people):
Very rare side effects (may affect less than 1 in 10,000 people)
If you experience any side effects, whether they are listed above or in the patient information leaflet, speak to your doctor or pharmacist. You can use the NHS' Find A Pharmacy service to find a pharmacy near you.
Breastfeeding mothers should avoid applying the cream to the breasts before breastfeeding to prevent their child ingesting the medicine accidentally.
Caution should be taken to avoid the cream accidentally coming into contact with your eyes, nose and mouth. If Daktarin cream comes into contact with these areas, irritation can occur.
Always keep medicine out of the sight and reach of children and pets
Never share your medicine with anybody else, even if they are experiencing the same symptoms as you.
If you forget a dose of Daktarin, don't apply that forgotten dose. Just apply your next dose as normal and continue using the cream as directed by your doctor. Don't use a double dose of Daktarin to make up for your forgotten dose.
If you've used too much Daktarin, you could experience irritation of your skin. In this case, skip one or two applications and begin using it again afterwards according to your instructions.
Daktarin isn't likely to affect your ability to use any machines or tools or to drive safely.
Daktarin should not be used on the face. If you have a fungal infection on your face, consult your doctor or pharmacist for a suitable treatment.
If you accidentally get daktarin cream in your eyes, rinse your eyes with running water.
Allow 30 minutes to elapse between applying Daktarin and other skincare products, such as moisturisers. This prevents either products becoming diluted and allows the medicine time to be absorbed by the skin.
If you have any concerns about using Daktarin with other skincare products, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
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