What is Daktarin?
Daktarin is a cream or powder that treats fungal infections like jock itch, athlete’s foot, and ringworm. It’s a strong and effective treatment used for fungal infections.
Jock itch and athlete’s foot are both types of ringworm infection, caused by a type of fungus called candida. Daktarin attacks this fungus, curing the infection and allowing your skin to heal. Depending on the type of treatment and infection, keep using Daktarin for 7-10 days after your symptoms are gone.
How does Daktarin work?
The active ingredient in Daktarin is miconazole. Miconazole works on the fungus cells causing the infection. It attacks an enzyme called 14α-sterol demethylase and stops it from making ergosterol, a substance which keeps the fungus cells alive.
This brings the infection down, allowing your immune system to kill off the few remaining fungus cells. Then your ringworm, jock itch or athlete’s foot should be effectively treated. The powder also dries out the infected area, which makes it more difficult for the fungus to grow.
What doses of Daktarin are there?
There’s only one strength of solution for the Daktarin cream and powder. The cream contains 20mg of miconazole in each 1g of Daktarin cream, and the powder has 20mg of miconazole per 1g of powder.
Our clinician can tell you how often to apply Daktarin based on your condition and how bad it is. You will usually start by applying the cream, powder and spray twice a day. If your infection starts to get better, you might not need to use it as often.
What form of Daktarin should I use?
The type of Daktarin you use will depend on the type of infection you have and where it is. If you talk to our clinicians about your health, we can let you know your options. You may also be able to pick, for example, about whether to treat your ringworm with a cream or powder. Using the powder may be better for athlete’s foot or infections in other places prone to dampness, because it helps dry out the area. This makes your feet less appealing to the fungus and so helps stop it from growing.