What is Fucidin H Cream?
Itchy skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis can be very unpleasant and uncomfortable for sufferers. Characterised by itching, red, dry, cracked or flaky skin, common ailments of this variety are easily treatable and can be managed using a variety of medications. While usually a long-term (chronic) condition, creams such as this can help sufferers to manage the symptoms of eczema and dermatitis and counter some of its unpleasant effects.
This cream is a combination medicine used to treat skin conditions that have become infected. It contains two active ingredients, both of which having different functions. First, it contains an antibiotic (fusidic acid). This will treat the infection. The second ingredient, hydrocortisone, effectively reduces the associated inflammation and swelling. Treatment is available from The Independent Pharmacy following a simple online consultation.
Fusidic acid is an antibiotic medicine. Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections by inhibiting the bacteria’s ability to multiply. Fusidic acid doesn’t actively kill the bacteria itself. However, once their ability to multiply has been hindered, the remaining bacteria will either die off or be killed by the body’s immune system. When skin conditions, such as eczema or dermatitis become infected, creams containing fusidic acid will provide effective treatment and relief.
Hydrocortisone belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids. When skin comes into contact with an irritant or allergen, it can result in inflammation. This is caused by a chemical release within the body that causes the blood vessels in the affected area to dilate (widen). This results in the surrounding skin becoming sore, itchy, and painful. Corticosteroids, such as hydrocortisone, inhibits the body’s inflammation response by reducing the aforementioned chemical release. Hydrocortisone is a mild corticosteroid compared to alternatives, such as betamethasone.
During an eczema flare-up, the affected skin will be more vulnerable to infection. In most cases, these infections are caused by the staphylococcus bacteria. Infected eczema can appear golden and crusty, or can ooze with pus.
There are steps you can take that will prevent severe eczema from becoming infected. It is important to treat any flare-up as soon as possible, ensuring the affected skin is well moisturised, as well as using a steroid cream when appropriate. Also, try to avoid known irritants and resist the urge to itch the affected area. Scratching could cause the skin to split, leaving the wound open to infection.
Psoriasis is another dry skin condition that may require treatment. The condition will present as dry, scaly skin, which will likely cause discomfort and irritation. Psoriasis can affect anywhere on the body, though the most commonly affected areas are the scalp, hands, feet, knees, and elbows. Psoriasis is thought to occur when the body’s immune system mistakenly targets healthy skin cells. Flare-ups of psoriasis can be triggered by stress, injury, hormonal changes, binge drinking, smoking, or as a reaction to certain medicines. Like with eczema, areas of skin affected by psoriasis will be more prone to infection. If an infection is present, a combination treatment, such as Fucidin H Cream will likely be prescribed.
While there is no direct cure for many of these skin conditions, fusidic acid is an effective treatment for infected dermatitis. However, it shouldn’t be used for longer than two weeks. After this point, the medicine is less likely to be effective and you will be at a higher risk of suffering side effects.
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)