British Society of Cutaneous Allergy (BCSA)


What are the aims of this patient information leaflet?

This leaflet has been written to help you understand more about your contact allergy. It tells you what a contact allergy is, what causes this allergy and what you can do about it.

What is contact allergy?

Dermatitis, also known as eczema, describes a type of inflammation of the skin. Contact dermatitis or contact eczema is a term used when this inflammation is caused by direct or indirect skin contact with something in your environment. Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when your immune system causes allergy to a very specific chemical or substance that has been in contact with the skin.

What causes your specific allergy?

Your patch tests indicate that you have a contact allergy to miconazole.

What is miconazole?

Miconazole is an anti-fungal found in creams, gels, vaginal capsules and dusting powders.

What are some products that contain miconazole?

  • Daktarin oral gel
  • Miconazole cream and gel
  • Daktacort cream
  • Daktarin Aktiv cream
  • Daktarin Aktiv dusting powder
  • Daktarin powder
  • Gyno-Daktarin cream
  • Gyno-Daktarin vaginal capsules.

Remember, always check the label, these lists can never be complete and ingredients change.

How can I manage my allergy?

This means that you should avoid putting products containing miconazole onto your skin in the future.

Miconazole is closely related to other antifungals in the same imidazole group. Rarely the other imidazole antifungals, clotrimazole and econazole, may cause your skin to react too.

Self-care (what can I do?)

Always check the ingredient listing on the product, package or package insert as these lists can never be complete and ingredients change. This is particularly important for any products purchased outside the EU where some allergens may not be banned.

Created: 2017