Antifungal with rapid itch relief
Before you start to use your Daktarin Gold, please read this leaflet carefully because it contains important information. If there is anything that you do not understand or if you need more information or advice, you should ask your pharmacist or doctor.
This information applies only to Daktarin Gold. Please do not throw the product leaflet away until you have completed the full course of your medicine. You may need to look at it again.
What is Daktarin Gold?
Your medicine is called Daktarin Gold and its active ingredient is ketoconazole. It comes in a 15gram tube.
This product is one of a group of medicines called 'antifungals'. They are used to treat infections that are caused by fungi, including yeasts.
What is Daktarin Gold used for?
Daktarin Gold 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'). It destroys the fungus that causes the infection.
How to recognise Fungal Skin Infections :
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 Dhobe 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 skin surface.
How do I use Daktarin Gold?
You should only use the cream on your skin :
Every tube of cream is sealed. To open - unscrew the cap; use the cap to pierce the seal.
Everytime you use the cream you should do the following -
Wash the infected skin and dry it well. Many skin conditions are infectious so you should keep a towel and a flannel for your own use so that you do not infect anyone else.
For Athlete's Foot -
For mild athlete's foot; rub the cream gently between the toes and surrounding area twice a day (morning and night) for one week. If the athlete's foot is more severe or extensive (e.g. also affecting the sole or sides of the feet), continue to apply the cream to the affected areas for at least 2 to 3 days after symptoms have cleared to prevent them coming back.
For Dhobie Itch and Sweat Rash (Candidal Intertrigo) -
Rub the cream into the affected area once or twice daily for at least two to three days after symptoms have cleared. Treatment may be necessary for up to 6 weeks. You may feel relief from the symptoms quickly but it is important that you continue to use the cream as described to prevent them from coming back.
Unless the infected skin is on your hands, wash your hands carefully to avoid spreading the infection to other parts of the body or to other people. Similarly, you should wash and change any clothing which comes into contact with the infected areas. Daktarin Gold is not greasy and should not stain clothes.
If your symptoms have not improved after four weeks, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Each gram of the cream contains 20 milligrams of ketoconazole. The cream also contains the following inactive ingredients :
Water, Propylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Monostearate, Polysorbate 60, Polysorbate 80, Isopropyl Myristate and Sodium Sulphite (E221)
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