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Daktarin 2% Cream


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Daktarin cream is an effective treatment for a variety of skin infections. It contains the active ingredient miconazole nitrate and works by killing the fungus that causes the infection, and soothing the skin or nail area which has been affected.

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Daktarin Cream is a topical antifungal medication. Its active ingredient is miconazole nitrate. It is used to treat a range of fungal skin infections, including:

  • ringworm
  • balanitis
  • pityriasis versicolor
  • angular cheilitis
  • seborrheic dermatitis

Daktarin Cream contains the active ingredient miconazole nitrate. Miconazole nitrate attacks the fungus which causes skin infections and stops it from growing. Daktarin Cream also has soothing properties which help to treat the itchiness or soreness that can come from these infections.

How long does Daktarin Cream last?

The duration of treatment with Daktarin Cream may vary depending on the type and severity of the infection. Daktarin normally needs to be applied twice a day for skin infections. These guidelines are the same for adults and children.

How long does Daktarin Cream take to work?

The length of treatment when using Daktarin cream can vary and depends on the type and severity of the infection. Some patients experience an improvement within a few days of starting treatment, while for others, it can take up to 6 weeks. In some cases, you may need further treatment.

It is important to follow the instructions on the patient leaflet and complete the entire course of treatment to ensure maximum effectiveness. For skin infections, you should continue using Daktarin for a further 7 days after your symptoms clear.

How effective is Daktarin Cream?

The effectiveness of Daktarin Cream may depend on several factors, including the type and severity of the infection, your immune system’s response to the infection, and proper completion of a course of treatment. In general, Daktarin Cream is considered to be effective for treating fungal skin infections when used as directed.

When using Daktarin, it is important to follow the correct procedure to maximise the effectiveness of treatment. Daktarin Cream is used by application onto the affected skin or nail.

Directions are as follows:

  1. Wash and dry the infected skin thoroughly.
  2. Apply the cream directly onto the affected skin and immediate surrounding skin.
  3. Wash your hands afterwards to avoid spreading the infection to other parts of your body.

As some skin conditions are contagious, it is advisable to use your own towel and/or flannel to avoid passing the infection onto others. You should also regularly change and wash any clothes that come into contact with infected skin or nails. Avoid getting Daktarin in your eyes or swallowing it. Seek immediate help if this happens.

When should I use Daktarin Cream?

If you are using Daktarin for a skin infection, you should apply it to the infected area twice a day, once in the morning and again in the evening. These directions are the same for both adults and children.

How long do I need to use Daktarin Cream for?

The length of treatment with Daktarin Cream will vary depending on the type and severity of the infection. In some cases, treatment may last several weeks. It is important that you continue using Daktarin after your symptoms have cleared. For skin infections, continue for a further 7 days. This should prevent your symptoms from returning.

How much Daktarin Cream should I use?

The dosage of Daktarin Cream may vary depending on the extent and severity of the infection. When applying Daktarin, you should ensure to cover the entire infected area, as well as the area immediately surrounding the infection.

Daktarin Cream is available for purchase at many pharmacies, both in-store and online. You can get Daktarin Cream delivered through Superdrug Online Doctor, where a healthcare professional can provide a prescription after you fill out an online questionnaire, providing Daktarin is suitable for you.

Can I get Daktarin Cream on the NHS?

It is possible to get Daktarin Cream prescribed on the NHS, but you will need a prescription from a GP. It is best to check with the NHS or a healthcare provider for more information on availability and cost.

Like all medications, Daktarin Cream may cause side effects in some patients. However, they are usually mild when they do occur.

Common side effects of Daktarin Cream include:

  • irritation, redness, or itching at the site of application
  • a rash

Uncommon side effects of Daktarin include:

  • swelling of the face, mouth, lips, throat or tongue
  • difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • hives (an itchy rash)

If you experience any of these uncommon side effects, stop using Daktarin and seek medical assistance immediately.

Refer to the patient information leaflet for a full list of side effects. 

How long do Daktarin Cream side effects last?

The duration of side effects may vary depending on the individual patient and the severity of the side effect. Some side effects may resolve on their own within a few days, while others may persist or worsen. If your side effects are persistent or seem to be getting worse, you should speak to your doctor.

What to do if you get Daktarin Cream side effects

If you experience any side effects while using Daktarin Cream, it is important to contact your doctor or pharmacist. If you get serious side effects, such as an allergic reaction, difficulty breathing, or swelling, stop using Daktarin and seek immediate medical attention. Your doctor may recommend stopping the use of the cream, adjusting the dosage, or prescribing an alternative treatment if necessary.

Daktarin Cream is suitable for most children and adults, but, as with all medications, there are some people who should not use it. Certain conditions and medications can interact with the cream, making it less effective or potentially unsafe.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using Daktarin if you are:

  • pregnant or breastfeeding
  • taking blood-thinning medications (such as warfarin)

If you experience any adverse reactions or unusual symptoms, you should contact a healthcare professional immediately for advice.

Alternatives to Daktarin Cream

There are alternatives to Daktarin Cream available for the treatment of fungal skin and nail infections. Other antifungal and antibacterial topical creams, ointments, and sprays may be more suitable for you, depending on the specific type and severity of the infection. Some possible alternatives to Daktarin cream include:

  • clotrimazole
  • terbinafine
  • tolnaftate

It is important to contact a healthcare provider such as Superdrug Online Doctor to determine the most appropriate treatment for your specific condition. We can assess the type and severity of the infection, as well as your individual medical history and identify any other relevant factors to find the best course of treatment for you.

Antifungal Medicines NHS [accessed 10th February 2022]
Ketoconazole NHS [accessed 10th February 2022]
Miconazole Nitrate WebMD [accessed 10th February 2022]
Daktarin 2% Cream EMC [accessed 10th February 2022]
Datkarin Patient Leaflet EMC [accessed 10th February 2022]
NHS Prescription Charges NHS [accessed 10th February 2022]
Clotrimazole NHS [accessed 10th February 2022]
Terbinafine NHS [accessed 10th February 2022]
Tolnaftate WebMD [accessed 10th February 2022]

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Reviewed by: Dr Babak Ashrafi in line with the Superdrug Online Editorial Process.

GMC no. 6077866

Dr Ashrafi studied at King’s College London and specialises in cardiology, diabetes, and stroke medicine.

Last reviewed on: 09/11/21