Daktarin Gold 2% Cream
- Effective Athletes Foot Treatment
- Active Ingredient: Ketoconazole
- For Short-Term Use Only
- Buy With Confidence From UK Registered Pharmacy
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Daktarin Gold 2% Cream is a medicine which is used to treat skin infections which may appear on the feet (Athlete’s Foot), in the groin area (Dhobie itch/tinea cruris) or between skin folds (Sweat Rash infected with a yeast infection ‘thrush’)
What is Daktarin Gold and what is it used for
Daktarin Gold 2% Cream is a medicine which is used to treat skin infections which may appear on the feet (Athlete’s Foot), in the groin area (Dhobie itch/tinea cruris) or between skin folds (Sweat Rash infected with a yeast infection ‘thrush’). The cream rapidly relieves the itching which these fungal infections cause. It also provides long lasting protection from Athlete’s Foot, as it will continue to work even after you have stopped using it.
The cream contains the active substance, ketoconazole, which works by destroying the fungi and yeasts that cause the infection. If you have Athlete’s Foot, the skin between your toes will be red and itchy. Your skin may flake and crack and often the infection causes an unpleasant ‘cheesy’ smell. It is encouraged by moist, warm conditions and can be recognised by redness, irritation and itchiness between the toes.
Tinea cruris or Dhobie Itch is a fungal infection that occurs in the groin area and causes intense itching and inflammation (redness and soreness). In men, the skin of the scrotum is often affected. Candidal intertrigo or sweat rash which has been infected with a yeast infection (‘thrush’) is usually found under the breasts and where fleshy areas around the waist or under the armpits become damp with perspiration between the deep folds of skin. The skin area becomes red and sore and it often looks like moisture is coming from the surface.
Before you use Daktarin Gold
This medicine is suitable for most adults but a few people should not use it. If you are in any doubt, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not use this medicine…
- If you have ever had a bad reaction to any of the ingredients. If this applies to you, get advice from a doctor or pharmacist without using Daktarin Gold 2% Cream.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist…
- If you recently used a cream, ointment or lotion on your skin infection that contains a corticosteroid (a group of medicines that work by reducing inflammation caused by a variety of skin conditions): You should continue to apply a mild corticosteroid (such as hydrocortisone) cream, ointment or lotion in the morning whilst applying Daktarin Gold 2% cream in the evening. The mild corticosteroid treatment can then be gradually stopped over a period of 2 to 3 weeks. If you are not sure about any of the medicines you are taking, show the bottle or pack to your pharmacist.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding
- You can use Daktarin Gold 2% cream if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Do not apply directly to the breast whilst breast-feeding.
- However, always ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using any medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Do not let the cream get into your eyes. Some of the ingredients can cause problems
- Propylene glycol may cause skin irritation.
- Cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol may cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis)
How to use Daktarin Gold Cream
- Wash the infected area and dry it well. As many skin conditions are contagious, you should keep a towel and flannel for your own use and not share it so that you do not infect anyone else.
- Apply the cream onto the infected area and surrounding skin.
- Wash your hands carefully after applying the cream to avoid spreading the infection to other parts of the body or to other people. Similarly, clothing which comes into contact with the infected areas, such as socks, should be washed and changed frequently. For skin infections of the trunk, groin, feet and hands, apply Daktarin Gold 2% Cream to the affected and immediate surrounding area once or twice a day. Your doctor will tell you how often to use it and for how long. Depending on the type of infection, treatment may last 2 to 6 weeks.
For Athlete’s foot (infections between the toes)
Adults Only – Rub the cream gently between the toes and surrounding area once or twice a day (morning and night) for 4 to 6 weeks.
- Treatment may be necessary for up to 6 weeks
- Continue to apply the cream to the affected areas for a few days after signs of infection have cleared to prevent them coming back.
- If symptoms have not improved within 4 weeks talk to your doctor.
For Dhobie itch and Sweat Rash (Candidal Intertrigo)
Adults Only – Rub the cream into the affected and surrounding area once or twice daily.
- Continue treatment for a few days after signs of infection have cleared.
- Treatment may be necessary for up to 4 weeks.
- You may feel relief from symptoms quickly but it is important that you continue to use the cream as described to prevent them from coming back.
- If symptoms have not improved within 4 weeks talk to your doctor.
Always read the patient information Leaflet before use.
The active ingredient in 1 g of Daktarin Gold 2% Cream is: Ketoconazole 20 mg. Other ingredients are: Propylene glycol, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, sorbitan stearate, polysorbate 60, polysorbate 80, isopropyl myristate, sodium sulphite (E221) and purified water.
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Daktarin Gold 2% Cream can have side-effects, like all medicines,
although these don’t affect everyone and are usually mild.
If you experience any of the following, stop using the medicine and seek immediate medical help:
Uncommon: (less than 1 in 100 but more than 1 in 1000 people
■ Severe allergic reactions including peeling or blistering of the
If you experience any of the following, stop using the medicine and talk to your doctor:
Common: (less than 1 in 10 but more than 1 in 100 people are
■ Itchiness or redness at the application site.
■ A skin burning sensation may also occur. Uncommon: (less than 1 in 100 people but more than
1 in 1000 people are affected)
■ Localised eczema (dermatitis), skin rash, sticky skin, irritation,
prickling sensation, inflammation, discomfort, dryness,
bleeding or other reactions at the application site.
■ Urticaria also known as hives, where the skin looks blotchy
with white raised wheals (bumps) surrounded by redness.
How do you catch Athlete’s Foot?
It’s extremely infectious so anyone can pick it up, especially
people sharing communal changing rooms and showers.
Once the fungal spores have been transferred onto the feet, they
thrive in the warm, moist areas between the toes. The skin soon
becomes inflamed and itchy with flaking or cracking occurring.
The infected flakes of skin are then shed onto the floor or into the
socks and shoes by walking or friction.
Someone else will be easily infected if they step on these flakes,
or if they share towels or footwear with someone who has already
got Athlete’s Foot.
What is more, even if you’ve already got rid of your Athlete’s
Foot, it’s very easy to re-infect yourself. The spores can live on
or in your shoes or socks and if you don’t change them regularly,
or treat them with antifungal powders or spray powders, the
Athlete’s Foot soon returns.
How to prevent re-infection
If you want to avoid the vicious circle of re-infection, here are
a few helpful hints.
■ Spray inside your shoes and socks with fungicidal powder
before putting them on.
■ Don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day. This helps reduce
the build-up of sweat which provides the moisture on which the
■ Avoid synthetic footwear. Choose cotton socks and leather
shoes which allow your feet to breathe.
■ Avoid sharing towels or footwear.
■ Avoid walking barefoot in changing rooms.
■ Dry thoroughly between your toes and keep toenails short
as this reduces the number of places fungi can grow