Daktacort Cream : Uses And Side Effects

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What Is Daktacort Cream?

The active ingredients in Daktacort cream and ointment are hydrocortisone and miconazole.

Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid (or steroid). Corticosteroids are hormones produced naturally by the body and are important in controlling inflammation.

How Does It Work?


When applied to the affected area, the hydrocortisone is absorbed into the skin cells.   It then prevents the release of particular chemicals from the skin cells that are released as a result of allergy or irritation.  These chemicals cause the body’s blood vessels to widen, which results in the swelling, redness, itchiness and pain associated with skin irritations such as dermatitis or eczema.   By working to prevent the release of these chemicals, hydrocortisone cream reduces the amount of swelling and so relieves the symptoms of inflammation, redness, and itching.

Corticosteroids vary in strength.  Hydrocortisone is considered a mild steroid and is commonly used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.

Miconazole is an antifungal medication known as an imidazole. It works by killing fungi, yeasts and some bacteria, by preventing fungi from producing ergosterol, a component of fungal cell membranes.  It is therefore effective when used to treat infections with fungi and  certain types of bacteria (Staphylococcus and Streptococcus species).

The combination of hydrocortisone and miconazole in Daktacort cream makes it an effective treatment for inflammatory skin disorders that have become infected.  The hydrocortisone reduces the swelling while the miconazole deals with the infection. Once the inflammation is cleared, (this typically occurs within seven days) to treat the infections your doctor may then prescribe a course of medication that contains just an antifungal, eg Daktarin cream or Daktarin powder.


What Is It Used To Treat?

Daktacort cream is used to treat a variety of skin disorders associate with either a bacterial or fungal infection, such as dermatitis and eczema.  It is also used to treat inflammation between skin folds or areas of the body that rub together, for example below the breasts or between the thighs or buttocks.

How To Use Daktacort Cream

  • Use externally only
  • Cleanse and dry the skin where the cream is being applied before use.  After application, wash you hands to avoid spreading the infection to other parts of the body or other people.
  • Avoid contact with the eyes, mouth, nasal passages and all areas of moisture on the body.   If the cream gets into any of these areas, rinse immediately with cold water.
  • Do not cover the treated area with dressing or bandages unless advised to do so by your doctor.   Doing this will increase the absorption of the cream into the body and could lead to side effects.
  • Do not continue to use corticosteroids for long periods of time.  Wide scale, prolonged use on the body can lead to more of the ingredients being absorbed into the body.   This will increase the risk of side effects.
  • Avoid using on children’s faces.
  • If the cream does not work after seven days or the infection spreads, consult your doctor  as you may need to an alternative solution such as a course of antibiotics.
  • Store in a refrigerator at 2-8ºC.  Ointment may be kept at room temperature (or below 25ºC)
  • Keep all medication out of the reach of children.

Side Effects of Daktacort Cream

Medicines and their potential side affects can affect people in different ways.  Side effects may occur is using corticosteroids over a long period of time, on large areas of the body  or on skin that is raw or broken.  All of these factors lead to enhanced absorption into the body.

Skin irritation such as itching, stinging and burning may occur.  Other side effects can include thinning of the skin, changes in skin color or pigmentation and stretch marks. Appearance of blood vessels that have grouped under the skin and excessive hair growth are other potential side effects.  Porlonged use of the cream on large areas of skin may lead to broken or red skin.

Prolonged use may lead to a decrease in the production of natural hormones by the adrenal glands.


Consult your pharmacist or doctor before using the cream with …

  • Children.
  • Elderly people
  • Not to be used for skin infections caused by Gram-negative types of bacteria.
  • Not to be use for tuberculosis infection of the skin.
  • The cream will not be effective with viral skin infections such as genital herpes, chickenpox or cold sores.

If you experience an allergic reaction, consult your doctor or pharmacist and stop using the cream immediately.  Do not use if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Daktacort cream.