How Fucibet cream works
Fucibet cream treats infected skin conditions like eczema by its dual mode of action; fusidic acid fights the infection whilst betamethasone relieves the inflammation. Fucibet is available from The Independent Pharmacy following a free online consultation. Take action to treat infected eczema today.
Fucibet cream contains two active ingredients: fusidic acid and Betamethasone. It is applied topically and is mainly used to treat infected eczema or dermatitis. Fucibet cream is manufactured by Leo Laboratories Limited and is classified as a prescription-only-medicine (POM).
The ingredient Fusidic Acid is an antibiotic medicine. It is used to treat bacterial infections. It does this by inhibiting the production of new proteins within the bacteria. These proteins are essential to the bacteria, enabling them to multiply. Without these proteins, the infection is unable to increase or spread.
Fusidic Acid doesn’t actively kill the bacteria itself. Once their ability to multiply has been halted, they will eventually die off or be killed by the body’s natural immune response. When eczema or dermatitis has become infected, creams with fusidic acid will provide effective treatment.
The other active ingredient, Betamethasone, belongs to a group of medicines called topical Corticosteroids. These are effective treatments for reducing the skin inflammation associated with eczema or dermatitis. Our body’s immune system can sometimes release chemicals and substances that can irritate the skin, causing the blood vessels to dilate (widen). This widening can result in the affected area(s) becoming red, painful, itchy or swollen.
Betamethasone works by penetrating inside the skin cells, reducing the release of these inflammatory-causing substances. This will, in turn, decreases the associated redness, swelling and itching – relieving the discomfort.
Fucibet cream is primarily used to treat eczema and dermatitis where a bacterial infection is present. The two active ingredients work well together for treating this form of eczema. The Fusidic Acid actively treats the infection, while the strong corticosteroid action of the Betamethasone effectively reduces the associated inflammation and swelling.
How to apply Fucibet cream
Fucibet cream should not be used on areas of the skin that are infected by anything other than dermatitis. This includes impetigo, thrush, nappy rash, rosacea, or viral infections, such as herpes (cold sores/genital herpes).
When skin is affected by eczema, it becomes much more vulnerable to infection. These infections are most often caused by staphylococcus bacteria. Symptoms of infected eczema include skin that weep pus or looks golden and crusty. Eczema usually occurs in patches on the face, back of the knees, wrists, hands and feet, but can also appear on the eyelids, neck, nipples, scalp, and even lips. If left untreated, it is likely to spread and get worse.
You can take steps to prevent infection by treating any eczema as quickly as possible. Keep the skin moisturised with emollients, and use steroid creams to manage flare-ups. Avoid any irritants, and try to resist itching the affected area. Scratching may cause the dry skin to split, leaving the body open to infection.
Psoriasis is another condition that results in dry, scaly skin. It most often occurs on the hands, feet, elbows, knees and scalp. It is thought to occur when the immune system targets healthy skin cells. Psoriasis can flare up due to stress, injury, a reaction to some medicines, hormonal changes, smoking or excessive drinking. Areas of skin affected by psoriasis are vulnerable to infection, as is the case with eczema. If an infection is present, you will likely be prescribed a combination treatment such as Fucibet.
Fusidic acid is an effective treatment for infected dermatitis, but it should not be used for more than two weeks. After this point, the medicine is less likely to be effective and you will be at a higher risk of side effects.
The difference between Fucibet and Fucidin H
Fucidin H Cream is fairly similar to Fucibet Cream, however, the steroid used in Fucibet Cream (betamethasone) is much more powerful. Fucidin H Cream contains fusidic acid and is sometimes used in instances where the skin has become infected.
Fucibet cream for boils, burns and cysts
Fucibet cream should only be used to treat infected skin conditions caused by bacteria. It should NOT used to treat spots, boils, cysts, impetigo, fungal infections like athlete’s foot, or viral infections like cold sores. Primarily, its use is to relieve conditions like infected outbreaks of eczema or dermatitis (not perioral), and germ infections.
Fucibet (being a topical antibiotic and corticosteroid combination) is not usually recommended for wounds and burns unless bacterially infected.
Fucibet cream during pregnancy
Fucibet shouldn’t be used during pregnancy unless absolutely necessary - it would need to be prescribed by your GP. As for breastfeeding, the effects are thought to be negligible – since the fusidic acid and betamethasone are only topically applied to a limited area of skin.
Non-prescription alternatives for eczema can include:
- Moisturisers and emollients
- Bath and shower gels
- Cotton gloves (to keep from scratching)
- Antihistamine tablets (to ease the itching)
Fucibet Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/983/pil