Daktarin Oral Gel
- Easy to use
- Oral Thrush Treatment
- Used Four times daily
Daktarin Oral Gel
Daktarin Oral Gel is an effective antifungal used to treat fungal mouth infections such as oral thrush. It contains the active ingredient Miconazole, which you can buy online from Cloud Pharmacy.
After answering a few quick questions about your general health and condition, our prescriber will evaluate the suitability of Daktarin and write a prescription if appropriate. Our UK pharmacy will dispense the treatment and, so long as your order is approved before 3:30pm, the pharmacy will send out your treatment the same day.
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Daktarin is an antifungal medicine containing the active ingredient Miconazole. This treatment is in the form of an oral gel which targets and kills the infectious fungal cells.
Oral thrush is caused by a multiplication in the numbers of the yeast bacteria - Candida and is therefore sometimes referred to as "Oral Candidiasis".
It usually takes 7 days for the infection to clear using Daktarin oral gel though it must be continued even if symptoms clear in less time in order to prevent the infection from returning.
How do I use Daktarin Oral Gel?
- It is to be used FOUR times daily with the doses spaced evenly throughout the day after food.
- Before using the medicine, it is imperative that you have read the patient information leaflet which can be found here and inside the box.
- The dose is 2.5ml (half a 5ml spoonful)
- The leaflet states that it should be continued for 7 days after symptoms clear
- Dentures should be removed before use
- If a dose is missed then skip the one you have forgotten and carry on as normal
What is Oral Thrush?
Oral thrush is a fungal infection that affects the mouth and throat.
The infection is caused by a group of yeasts called candida. Oral thrush is sometimes referred to as oropharyngeal candidiasis. The condition will cause small white bumps to form inside the cheeks and on the tongue, which will usually cause the sufferer some level of discomfort.
Typically, oral thrush is a mild fungal infection that rarely causes complications.
Why do I have Oral Thrush?
A naturally occurring fungus called candida can be found in the mouths and digestive systems of most people. Usually this fungus doesn’t cause any harm unless their numbers multiply. When candida multiplies beyond normal levels it can lead to oral thrush.
There are a number of things that can trigger this multiplication, including:
- Taking a prescribed course of antibiotics, especially in high doses or over long periods of time.
- Using inhaled corticosteroids medication for asthma.
- Having poor levels of oral hygiene.
- Being a denture wearer, especially if they are ill-fitting.
- Having a dry mouth, either as the result of a medical condition, or as a side-effect of medication.
- Undergoing chemo or radiotherapy.
What are the most common symptoms of Oral Thrush?
The most common symptoms of oral thrush include:
- Plaques, which are white patches or bumps in side the mouth. These patches can often be wiped off, leaving behind red areas that are prone to bleeding.
- A loss of taste in the mouth.
- An unpleasant taste in the mouth.
- A burning pain inside the mouth.
- Redness of the mouth and throat.
- Cracks appearing at the corners of the mouth.
- A difficulty in eating and drinking.
Is Oral Thrush contagious?
Oral thrush is not contagious in the same way a cold or the flu is.
However, under certain circumstances it can still be passed on. It is possible to contract oral thrush through oral contact with an infected person. Though this will depend on the strength of your immune system and whether there are other risk factors at play. For this reason it is advised to avoid oral contact, such as kissing, until the symptoms have fully resolved.
Is Oral Thrush dangerous?
Oral thrush, in most cases, isn’t dangerous. Though if left untreated it can potentially spread further into the body, which can make the condition more serious.
However, this usually only happens in severe cases, and for those with weakened immune systems.
Do I need to treat Oral Thrush?
It is recommended to seek treatment for oral thrush as the infection can make the sufferer feel very uncomfortable. If left untreated, the condition will likely persist. Plus, if the infection spreads to other areas of the body it can cause further complications.
What treatments are available for Oral Thrush?
Oral thrush can be successfully treated with topical antifungal medicines. These are typically in the form of a gel of liquid, allowing for direct application to the infected area. Topical medications, such as gels or liquids, will usually need to be used several times daily, for approximately 1-2 weeks.
Examples of topical oral thrush treatments include:
In some cases, oral antifungals may be used, which are usually administered once daily. Examples of oral preparations include:
- Fluconazole capsules
- Itraconazole capsules
When suffering from oral thrush, it can be beneficial to alter your oral care regime at home. This will include:
- Brushing teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush, as to avoid scraping the plaques.
- Replacing your toothbrush daily, until the infection has cleared.
- Avoid using mouthwashes and sprays.
- Use a saltwater mixture for rinsing your mouth.
Do Oral Thrush treatments cause side effects?
Oral thrush medications don’t often carry side-effects, although some have been known to cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and bloating.
What can I do to prevent Oral Thrush?
You can reduce the chances of contracting oral thrush by following these simple routines:
- Brush teeth at least twice daily, using a toothpaste containing fluoride.
- Floss daily, especially if you are a denture wearer, or are diabetic.
- Rinsing your mouth after meals.
- Having regular dental check-ups.
- If a denture wearer; remove, clean and soak the dentures every night. Also, ensure your dentures fit properly.
- Stop smoking.
- If you use a corticosteroid inhaler, it is important to rinse out your mouth after each use.
- If taking prescribed antibiotics, add yogurt to your diet for the duration of the course.
- If suffering from a vaginal yeast infection, ensure it is treated promptly, especially if you’re pregnant.
- Ensure any underlying condition, such as diabetes, is well controlled.
If you suffer from, or are receiving treatment for a condition that puts you at a higher risk of developing oral thrush, your doctor can recommend taking a course of prescribed antifungals to help prevent oral thrush from developing.