What is Daktarin Cream Miconazole Nitrate 2%?
Daktarin Cream Miconazole Nitrate 2% is a topical cream that treats fungal and yeast infections. It is commonly referred to as 'Daktarin cream'.
The cream treats a range of fungal and yeast infections that affect both the skin and the nails. These include:
- Athlete's foot
- Fungal infection of the toe or fingernails.
- Groin infections (such as jock itch)
- Fungal nappy rash
- Scalp infections
The active ingredient in Daktarin Cream Miconazole Nitrate 2% is an antifungal medicine known as miconazole. It works by destroying the fungus and associated bacteria that cause the infection.
Daktarin Cream Miconazole Nitrate 2% can be used to treat fungal and yeast infections in both children and adults.
How does Daktarin Cream Miconazole Nitrate 2% work?
Daktarin Cream Miconazole Nitrate 2% is an antifungal medicine that destroys the yeast and fungi responsible for causing a range of fungal infections.
Fungal infections often occur in dark, hot and damp areas of the body where fungus can thrive. However, infection can easily be spread to other areas of the body through your hands or contaminated items such as towels or clothing.
These microorganisms that cause the infection are typically from a group known as 'dermatophytes', but there are a number of other fungi and yeast that can cause these infections.
The cream contains the active ingredient miconazole, which kills the fungi and yeasts by disrupting their cell membranes.
Ergosterol is an essential part of all fungal cell membranes. It stops unwanted elements from entering the cells and prevents the contents of the cell from leaking out.
Miconazole stops the production of ergosterol and consequently makes holes appear in the cell membrane. This means that the contents of the cells leak out, killing the fungi and treating the infection.
Miconazole also has some antibacterial properties; these can be helpful as fungal infections are often accompanied by a secondary bacterial infection.
Daktarin Cream Miconazole Nitrate 2% can be used to treat several different areas of the body. These include the hands and feet, scalp, outer ear, trunk and groin.
It can take between 2-6 weeks for your fungal infection to clear up completely. However, this does depend on how severe or widespread the infection is. Nail infections usually take much longer to clear and, in some cases, can take over six months.
If your fungal infection does not get better after two weeks of treatment, you should consult your doctor.
How to use Daktarin Cream Miconazole Nitrate 2%
- Thoroughly wash and dry the affected area(s), as well as your hands
- Apply the cream as directed to the affected area(s) and surrounding skin
- For skin infections, use the cream twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening.
- For nail infections, apply the cream to the nail and surrounding skin once or twice a day depending on the severity of your symptoms
- Wash your hands after using the cream to avoid spreading the infection to other areas or to other people
- Do not allow others to use your towel or any other items that have touched the infected skin
- The cream is normally used for 7-10 days after your infection has cleared (depending on the type of infection). This helps to prevent recurrence.
- If you miss a dose of cream, do not apply an extra dose to make up for it. Just apply the next dose as usual and continue to use the cream as directed.
- Daktarin Cream Miconazole Nitrate 2% is for external use only. It is not to be swallowed or used inside the mouth or nose. If you swallow any cream, you should seek urgent medical attention.
- Any leftover cream should be discarded after use
What dosages are available for Daktarin Cream Miconazole Nitrate 2%?
There is only one dosage available. One gram of the cream contains 20 milligrams of miconazole nitrate (2 % w/w). The cream comes in a 30g tube which should last for your entire course of treatment.
What are the side effects of Daktarin Cream Miconazole Nitrate 2%?
Medicine affects people differently and not everyone will experience side effects from Daktarin Cream Miconazole Nitrate 2%.
The most common side effect is skin that feels irritated at the application site. This could include burning, warmth and itching. This is normal and usually calms down after a few applications. If you experience a severe skin reaction after applying the cream, stop using it and consult your doctor.
You may also experience an allergic reaction or contact dermatitis. If either of these occur, stop using the cream and seek medical attention.
If you are concerned about any side effects, consult your doctor.
What are the precautions/interactions of Daktarin Cream Miconazole Nitrate 2%?
Daktarin cream is for external use only. If you get it in your mouth, nose or eyes, wash with water immediately and consider seeking medical attention.
Miconazole is unlikely to cause many adverse reactions with other medications, as it isn't absorbed through the skin and into the blood.
However, if you take warfarin to prevent blood clots, Daktarin Cream Miconazole Nitrate 2% may inhibit the effectiveness of the medication. Ask your doctor for advice before use.
If you wish to use other topical medications or moisturisers on your skin, wait at least 30 minutes before applying these products to avoid them mixing on the skin and to allow sufficient time for the Daktarin cream to be absorbed.
Daktarin Cream Miconazole Nitrate 2% should be used with caution during pregnancy. While the cream is not believed to be harmful to the unborn baby, pregnant women should seek medical advice before use and only use if considered essential by a doctor.
Breastfeeding mothers should seek medical advice before using this medicine as it is unknown if the active ingredient can pass into breast milk. Breastfeeding mothers should also avoid applying the cream to areas that their baby may come into contact with whilst feeding.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. If you experience an allergic reaction, for instance swelling or itching of the face, tongue and mouth or difficulty breathing, stop using the cream and go immediately to the Accident and Emergency department of your local hospital.
How to buy Daktarin Cream Miconazole Nitrate Online
You can buy Daktarin Cream online after a quick consultation to be reviewed by our doctor. Once approved, your details are saved in your personal member's area meaning you only need to provide your initial consultation – reordering is even quicker.
The process is entirely confidential including delivery, which only includes your name and address on the packaging. You can get Daktarin Cream delivered to your shared accommodation or workplace with confidence.
Getting Daktarin Cream delivered in the UK
If your order is approved by 4.30pm Monday to Friday, you can receive Clotrimazole 1% Cream the very next day. If you'd prefer to choose a particular date, you can could our nominated day delivery, or if you live in London, same-day delivery (both options are also free of charge).
Lastly, we have thousands of stores across the UK in conjunction with UPS Access, if you would rather pick up your order in-person.