Fucidin H 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. Fucidin H cream 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.
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 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.
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.
Adults should apply Fucidin to the affected areas twice daily. If possible, leave 12 hours between applications. For use in children or those under the age of 18 years, we recommend they see a Doctor.
Spread a thin layer of cream onto the affected area(s) of skin. The amount of medicine advised for each part of the body is indicated in fingertip units on the diagram above.
Fucidin H Cream normally starts to produce an improvement in symptoms within a couple of days. Fucidin H 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.
Not everyone will experience side effects when they use Fucidin H cream, however, if you do they can include:
An itching or burning sensation on the affected area
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.
Fucidin H 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
- Open wounds
- Broken veins
Fucidin H 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 Fucidin H over large areas or anywhere on the face, especially near the eyes. Do not use Fucidin H on sensitive areas of skin such as the lips or genitals unless advised to do so by your GP.
Please read all packaging and the Product 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 Fucidin H are:
Fusidic acid and Hydrocortisone acetate
Fucidin H also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:
Butylhydroxyanisole (E320), cetyl alcohol, glycerol, liquid paraffin, potassium sorbate, polysorbate 60, all-rac-a-tocopherol, water, white soft paraffin