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Daktacort FAQs

What is a hydrocortisone?

A hydrocortisone (or a synthetic cortisol) is a topical steroid. It has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and is commonly used to treat aggravated eczema, bites and stings. Daktacort is different from most hydocortisone creams because it also contains Miconazole nitrate (an antifungal). This ingredient kills fungus and some bacteria associated with fungal infections.

How does Daktacort work?

The ingredient miconazole nitrate works by penetrating the cell lining of fungus growing on the skin. Eventually the fungus dies, which clears the infection. This ingredient also contains mild antibacterial properties that will kill of some bacteria that is generated from the fungal infection. Whilst the anti-fungal is working, Hydrocortisone Acetate, the second active ingredient calms down skin that is red, itchy, sore and inflamed.

When should I use Daktacort cream?

Daktacort is for use on inflamed athletes foot and infected sweat rash (fungus growing under or between the skin folds). This medicine can only be sold to adults and used by children over the age of 10 years old. Only use Daktacort on these two conditions. Express Chemist can provide you with products for many other fungal skin infections; to view them please click here...

- If you are pregnant or breast feeding, check with your doctor before using Daktacort.
- If you take oral anticoagulants, talk to your doctor first before purchasing this medicine or please list details of your medication and condition for our pharmacist to view. This information can be supplied in the pharmacy questionnaire that appears at the checkout.
- Make sure you do not get Daktacort into your eyes.
- Stop using this cream if you have any sensitivity to the ingredients.

- You should not use Daktacort on broken skin until this skin has fully healed.
- Do not use Daktacort if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
- Do not use on the face, genitals, anus and conditions like acne, chicken pox, herpes, shingles or cold sores.
- Daktacort is not to be used for more than 7 days.
- Do not treat ringworm with Daktacort. For ringworm treatments, click here...

Are there side effects?

Side effects with Daktacort are usually rare. Sensitivity to an active ingredient may occasionally cause a rash.
Benzoic acid (E210) and Buyylated hydroxyanisole (E320) can mildly irritate the skin, eyes or mucous membranes. If you have a reaction to this treatment, discontinue use and speak to your doctor.

Dealing with Athlete's Foot & Fungal Sweat Rash

Fungal skin infections can be easily passed from person to person, particularly athletes foot. It is important that when you treat yourself, you ensure others won't catch it. Athlete's foot can be transferred from sharing communal shower rooms and changing areas. Fungal infections can also be caught by sharing towels or footwear. On feet, the fungus causes the skin to dry and crack. The infected skin drops off and infects another person or re-infects yourself. Whilst you are treating your condition, there are steps you can take to avoid re-infection:
  • An anti-fungal powder such as Mycota or Daktarin can be sprinkled into shoes to kill off hidden fungi. Daktarin Powder is an anti-fungal that can be applied to all areas of skin.
  • Keep your towels to yourself and keep them clean.
  • Change your shoes and socks half way through the day. This keeps the feet clean and dry and also prevents fungus to regrow.
  • Antiperspirants and anti-chafing products such as Lanacane Anti-Chafing Cream stop the sweating and chafing that causes fungal inflammation.
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