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Anti Fungal

Daktacort Cream 15gm


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How does it work?

Daktacort cream contain two active ingredients, hydrocortisone and miconazole.

Hydrocortisone is a type of medicine known as a corticosteroid (or steroid). Corticosteroids are hormones that are produced naturally by the adrenal glands, and have many important functions, including control of inflammatory responses.

Hydrocortisone is the same as the natural corticosteroid, cortisol, and is used to decrease inflammation in the skin. When applied to the skin it is absorbed into the skin cells. Here it works by preventing the release of certain chemicals from the cells. These chemicals are important in the immune system, and are released as a result of allergy or irritation. They cause blood vessels to widen, resulting in the affected area of skin becoming red, swollen, itchy and painful, as seen in dermatitis or eczema. By decreasing the release of these chemicals in the skin, hydrocortisone reduces inflammation and thus relieves redness, swelling and itching.

There is a range of potencies of corticosteroids applied to the skin. Hydrocortisone is classed as a mild corticosteroid. It is used to treat a wide variety of inflammatory skin disorders such as eczema and dermatitis.

Miconazole is a type of antifungal medicine known as an imidazole. It kills fungi, yeasts and some bacteria. Miconazole works by preventing fungi from producing a substance called ergosterol, which is a component of fungal cell membranes. The cell membranes of fungi are vital for their survival. They keep unwanted substances from entering the cells and stop the contents of the cells from leaking out. Without ergosterol as part of the cell membrane, the membrane is weakened and damaged, and essential constituents of the fungal cells can leak out. This kills the fungi. Miconazole is used to treat infections with fungi and certain types of bacteria (Staphylococcus and Streptococcus species).

The combination of hydrocortisone and miconazole in Daktacort is used to treat inflammatory skin disorders, such as eczema, that have become infected. The hydrocortisone reduces the inflammation while the miconazole treats the infection. Once the inflammation is reduced (usually after about seven days) your doctor may prescribe a medicine containing just an antifungal, eg Daktarin cream to treat any remaining infection.

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This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 18 September, 2011.

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