Daktarin Intensiv Cream

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What is Daktarin Intensiv Cream

Daktarin Intensiv Cream has been developed to compromise with each Athlete's Foot and Dobie Itch. It can be enforced to both the foot and the groin area, relying on the symptoms.

How does Daktarin Intensiv Cream work?

Athletes foot is a fungal infection that usually develops between the toes. It is most common for people whose feet are sweaty while wearing tight-fitting shoes.

Daktarin Intensiv contains the ingredient ketoconazole. Ketoconazole is an antifungal used to treat fungal infections such as athlete's foot. Ketoconazole works by interfering with the fungi and yeast cell membranes. It works by preventing the production of ergosterol which is a key element of fungal cell membranes. This disrupts the membrane and causes holes to appear.

The membrane stops unwanted substances entering the cells and stops the content from leaking out. When the miconazole makes holes in the membranes, the contents leak out, and the fungi dies.

What is the difference between Daktarin Intensiv Cream and Daktarin Activ/Lamisil Once Cream?

Daktarin Aktiv is a cream that uses miconazole nitrate to fight the fungus that causes Athlete's Foot. It has to be applied every day. 

Daktarin Intensiv uses ketoconazole to fight the fungus that causes Athlete's Foot. Daktarin Intensiv can also be used for Dhobie Itch. It is also applied every day.

Lamisil Once Cream works a little differently to the Daktarin Creams. The cream is applied once. The active ingredient - terbinafine - continues to work for the next month to fight the infection.

What are the side effects of Daktarin Intensiv Cream?

Daktarin Intensiv 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 are affected)

-Severe allergic reactions, including peeling or blistering of the skin.

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 affected)

- Itchiness or redness at the application site.

- A skin burning sensation may also occur.

Uncommon: (less than 1 in 100 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.

Other effects:

- Urticaria also is known as hives, where the skin looks blotchy with white raised wheals (bumps surrounded by redness).

Reporting of side-effects

If you get any side-effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side-effects not listed in this leaflet. 

You can also report side-effects directly via the Yellow

Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for

MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.

By reporting side-effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

When shouldn’t I apply Daktarin Intensiv Cream?

Do not use this medicine…

If you have ever had an adverse reaction to any of the ingredients.

If this applies to you, get advice from a doctor or pharmacist without using Daktarin Intensiv 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 while applying Daktarin Intensiv cream in the evening. The mild corticosteroid treatment can then be gradually stopped over a period of 2 to 3 weeks.

-If you have diabetes, you should visit your healthcare professional for regular check-ups as diabetes can increase the risk of foot problems.

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 Intensiv cream if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Do not apply directly to the breast while breast-feeding.

-However, always ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using any medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Special warnings about this medicine

-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 Effective Is Daktarin Intensiv Cream?

Daktarin Intensiv is an effective treatment for athlete's foot. The active ingredient – ketoconazole is proven to kill the fungi that cause athlete's foot. Most patients see a recovery within 2-4 weeks.

Can I buy Daktarin Intensiv Cream online?

Daktarin Intensiv does not require a prescription, although you are very welcome to book an appointment with a health expert at Click Pharmacy to discuss how best to use this product. Daktarin Intensiv can be purchased online and will be sent directly to you by Next Day Delivery. Multipacks are also available.

What dose should I choose?

Daktarin Intensiv comes in 5 g, 15 g, and 30 g tubes. 

For Athlete's Foot - Enough cream to cover the toes and surrounding areas should be applied once or twice a day for between 4 and 6 weeks.  Treatment should continue for a few days after signs have cleared up. This will prevent a re-occurrence.

For Dhobie Itch - Enough cream to cover the affected area should be applied once or twice a day for up to 4 weeks. Treatment should continue for a few days after signs have cleared up. This will prevent a re-occurrence.

How should I apply Daktarin Intensiv Cream?

To apply Daktarin Intensiv, perform the following steps:

1) Wash the infected area.

2) Dry well - do not share a towel with others as you may risk spreading the infection.

3) Apply the cream to the infected area and surrounding skin.

4)Wash your hands carefully after applying the cream to avoid spreading the infection to other parts of the body or other people. Similarly, clothing which comes into contact with the infected areas, such as socks, should be washed and changed frequently.

How long do I need to apply Daktarin Intensiv Cream to work before I notice a difference? 

For Athlete's Foot - apply the cream once or twice a day for between 4 and 6 weeks.  If symptoms have not improved after 4 weeks, visit your doctor. Continue to apply for 1 week after symptoms have disappeared to prevent re-occurrence.

For Dhobie Itch - apply the cream once or twice a day for between 4 and 6 weeks.  If symptoms have not improved after 4 weeks, visit your doctor. Continue to apply for 1 week after symptoms have disappeared to prevent re-occurrence.

What is Daktarin Intensiv Cream used to treat?

Daktarin Intensiv Cream is used to treat fungal infections, dhobie itch and athlete’s foot.

How does Daktarin Intensiv Cream treat fungal infections?

The active ingredient, ketoconazole, creates holes in the yeast cell membrane allowing for bacteria to leave the cell. This prevents the infection from replicating and growing.

What is the active ingredient in Daktarin Intensiv Cream?

The active ingredient in Daktarin Intensiv Cream is ketoconazole. This ingredient is proven to be effective at treating fungal infections including athlete's foot and dhobie itch.

Do I need a prescription to purchase Daktarin Intensiv Cream?

No, you do not require a prescription to purchase Daktarin Intensiv Cream. However if you are unsure whether Daktarin Intensiv Cream is right for you, you are welcome to book a free consultation with one of our medicine experts at Click Pharmacy.

How should I use Daktarin Intensiv Cream?

To treat an athlete's foot you should apply a thin, even layer of the cream once or twice a day for 4-6 weeks, or until all symptoms have cleared.

If you are using Daktarin Intensiv Cream to treat dhobie itch you should apply a thin even layer of the cream all over infected areas once or twice a day for up to 4 weeks. After symptoms have cleared up you should continue applying the cream for a few more days to prevent re-infection.

What should I do before using Daktarin Intensiv Cream?

Before using Daktarin Intensiv Cream you should wash the infected areas thoroughly with lukewarm water and dry well with a towel. You should not share towels as this increases the chance of spreading infection. After the infected areas have dried you should apply a layer of the cream.

How long does it take to notice a difference while using Daktarin Intensiv Cream?

Symptoms of athlete’s foot and dhobie itch should clear up within 4-6 weeks. If after 4 weeks you do not notice any changes, speak to a GP or pharmacist to ensure this treatment is right for you.

What is the difference between Daktarin Intensiv Cream and Daktarin Aktiv Cream?

While they are both used to treat fungal infections, the main difference is the active ingredient. In Daktarin Intensiv Cream, the active ingredient is able to treat dhobie itch as well as athlete’s foot. Whereas the active ingredient in Daktarin Aktiv Cream is only able to treat an athlete's foot.

Can pregnant or breastfeeding women use Daktarin Intensiv Cream?

It is safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women to use Daktarin Intensiv Cream. However it is advised that the cream is not applied to the chest area where the baby makes contact while breastfeeding.

Does using Daktarin Intensiv Cream affect my ability to drive or operate machinery safely?

No, using Daktarin Intensiv Cream does not affect one’s ability to drive or operate machinery safely.

Like all medicines, there are several possible side effects you may experience from using Daktarin Intensiv Cream. However evidence suggests that these side effects are often mild and not experienced by everyone. Common side effects include:

  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Burning like sensation
  • Dryness
  • Discomfort

Always read the patient information leaflet before starting your treatment. The patient information leaflet can be found here.

Authored by Jana Abelovska

Last reviewed 20 April 2021

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