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Introduction

Daktacort is a Hydrocortisone cream that is used to treat the problems of fungi, yeasts and some bacteria. It has a triple action: antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal.

It belongs to a group of medication known as corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are a class of steroid hormones that are produced in the adrenal cortex. Corticosteroids are involved in a wide range of physiologic systems such as regulation of inflammation, protein catabolism, blood electrolyte levels, and behavior.

Hydrocortisone is mainly used to reduce inflammation in the skin.

Usage

It is mainly used for when the athlete’s foot is inflamed (a fungal skin infection causing soreness, itching and flaking between the toes or on the soles or sides of the feet). It also may be used for infections caused by sweat rash (a sore, itchy red rash found in areas where the skin rubs together e.g. below or between the breasts, under arms, tops of legs or the groin or other skin areas…)

Precautions

One should not use this cream if one is allergic to any similar creams or to any of the ingredients in this medicine. Also, one may be allergic to the product if one has a rash or itching at the site of infection which gets worse after you apply the cream. In case of allergies, it is best that one addresses a doctor, who may prescribe a different medicine.

It should not be used for any other skin condition, such as acne, herpes, dermatitis, etc. It especially should not be used when the skin is broken. Pregnant women, or those planning to get pregnant should talk to a physician before using this crème.

One should not, unless instructed by a doctor, apply this crème to the eyes, face, anal or genital area, or large areas of one’s body. If one is using other medicine, or some kind of herbal medicine, one should inform the doctor about this before treatment. It is highly unlikely, but possible, that they might interact. The doctor will know if the combination would be perilous.

Side-effects

As almost any other drug, this, too, has some known side-effects. However, it is important to remember that the appearance of a certain side-effect depends on the individual. While some may experience them, others do not feel anything unusual. The common side-effects of this medicine include redness, rash, skin irritation, etc. In some rare cases, it has been noted that it caused hypersensitivity, and the condition aggravated. If side-effects appear, one should cease using the medicine.

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