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.
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. 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 is oozing pus or appears golden and crusty.
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.
Adults should apply Fucibet to the affected areas twice daily. For use in children or those under the age of 18 years, we recommend they see a Doctor.
Fucibet cream is for external use on the skin only. When you first remove the cap, check that the seal is intact. Open the tube using the spike on the cap. You should rub a thin layer gently onto the affected skin. Wash your hands thoroughly before using this medicine.
Always wash your hands before using Fucibet. Rub the medicine gently on the skin. Unless you are using the cream to treat your hands, always wash your hands after using Fucibet.
Fucibet cream normally starts to produce an improvement in symptoms within a couple of days. Fucibet cream can be used for up to two weeks, however, if no improvement is seen after seven days you should discontinue use and see your doctor. Using the cream for longer than 2 weeks increases the chance that bacteria will become resistant to it and it will be ineffective in the future.
Leave Fucibet cream to soak in for 30 minutes before applying other moisturisers or creams to ensure it is fully absorbed and not diluted.
The tube and its contents should be discarded after 3 months of opening. Do not throw medicines away in the household rubbish. They should be taken to any pharmacy free of charge where they will be disposed of responsibly.
Not everyone will experience side effects when they use Fucibet cream, however, if you do they can include:
Rash, itchy or inflamed skin at the site of application
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
This medicine is unsuitable for you if you are allergic to any of the cream’s ingredients.
Fucibet cream should not be used on any of the following conditions:
- Perioral dermatitis (a rash around the mouth)
- Viral infections (e.g. cold sores, herpes, chicken pox)
- Bacterial infections which are unrelated to dermatitis
- Fungal infections (e.g. thrush, athlete’s foot)
- Rosacea (a flushing of the skin around the nose)
- Perioral dermatitis (a rash around the mouth/chin)
- Conditions caused by syphilis or tuberculosis
Fucibet cream can be used for up to two weeks, however, if no improvement is seen after seven days you should discontinue use and see your doctor. Using the cream for longer than 2 weeks increases the chance that bacteria will become resistant to it and it will be ineffective in the future.
Take care when using Fucibet over large areas or anywhere on the face, especially near the eyes.
Please read all packaging and the Patient Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
The active ingredients contained in Fucibet are:
Fusidic acid, betamethasone valerate
Fucibet also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:
Macrogol cetostearyl ether, cetostearyl alcohol, chlorocresol, liquid paraffin, sodium dihydrogen phosphate, white soft paraffin, all-rac-a-tocopherols, purified water, sodium hydroxide