What is Daktacort Hydrocortisone Cream?
Daktacort cream can be used to treat fungal and some bacterial skin infections caused by athlete’s foot, thrush, and eczema in children and adults over the age of ten.
Daktacort cream, unlike other anti-fungal skin treatments, contains the steroid hydrocortisone, which means it not only kills the fungi or bacteria that cause infections, but it also helps to reduce itching, redness, and inflammation quickly.
If you have a fungal infection but no signs of inflammation, a cream without hydrocortisone, such as Daktarin, may be more appropriate. The Independent Pharmacy also sells Daktarin cream.
How does the cream work?
The first active ingredient, miconazole nitrate, is an anti-fungal agent that works by killing the fungus that causes the infection as well as some associated bacteria on the skin. The second active ingredient in Daktacort cream is hydrocortisone, a mild corticosteroid or steroid that reduces skin inflammation, swelling, redness, and itching.
What does Daktacort Hydrocortisone Cream treat?
Daktacort cream can be used to treat a range of fungal infections, skin infections, and irritation. The steroid hydrocortisone (a steroid in the cream) effectively kills the fungi or bacteria as well as reduces symptoms including itching, redness, and inflammation.
The cream treats infections and skin complaints such as:
- Athlete’s foot
- Some types of thrush
It is not however suitable for treating ringworm as the steroid can worsen symptoms.
How do you apply Daktacort Hydrocortisone Cream?
Always follow the directions as explained by your doctor or on the patient information leaflet.
- Apply a small amount of cream to the affected area twice a day.
- Rub the cream gently into the skin until the cream has disappeared.
- Wash your hands after using the cream to avoid spreading the infection.
- Repeat this process for 7 days
If you continue to have symptoms of the infection or your condition has worsened after 7 days you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Can it be used on the face?
No, Daktacort cream should not be used to treat skin conditions on the face unless it is prescribed by your GP. The steroid hydrocortisone can cause damage to sensitive areas of skin such as the face and genitals so another treatment may be more suitable.
How long does it take to work?
Within 7 days of using Daktacort cream, you should notice improvements in your skin infection and a visible reduction in inflammation.
Daktacort cream should not be used for more than 7 days. If your skin remains infected and inflamed after 7 days of use, consult a doctor or pharmacist for further instructions.
What are the possible side effects?
As with all medication, there are a few possible mild side effects although this is rare.
Reported side effects include:
- Skin irritation
- Burning sensation
- Itchy skin or a rash
- Blurred vision
- Inflammation or lighter patches of skin
If you are concerned about the side effects of Daktacort cream or if your symptoms stop using the product and consult your doctor or pharmacist. In severe cases such as allergic reactions seek immediate medical attention at your nearest emergency department.
Can you use Daktacort while pregnant?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding and have a fungal skin infection, seek advice from a doctor or pharmacist before using Daktacort cream.
Does Daktacort affect contraception?
It’s very important to know that Daktacort cream can cause damage to rubber contraceptives such as condoms or diaphragms, making them less effective and potentially leading to pregnancy or the transmission of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI).
When shouldn’t this cream be used?
Daktacort cream is not suitable for all conditions and may lead to further problems if not used correctly.
Do not use the cream in the following situations:
- You suffer from other skin conditions such as cold sores, acne, herpes, chickenpox, or shingles.
- You’re elderly (it can cause thinning of the skin).
- You have broken skin.
- You have genital thrush.
If you are using other medications, double-check with a doctor or pharmacist to check their compatibility.