If you suffer from eczema, there are a number of different topical treatments you can use, ranging from emollients for daily moisturising to topical corticosteroids to treat flare-ups. Sometimes a flare-up of eczema can become infected and that's when you may need Fucibet.
But there are different Fucibet cream uses to consider and it is important to know before using whether it is the right treatment for you.
Below, we’ll cover everything you need to know about Fucibet, answering any questions you might have about this infected eczema treatment and how best to use it. Read on to find out more.
What is Fucibet?
Fucibet is an effective UK prescription-only medicine for patients who are suffering from infected skin conditions, such as a skin rash or other inflammatory skin conditions, to provide relief and prevent the condition from getting worse. It comes as a cream and is applied topically to the affected area.
Fucibet contains two active ingredients: fusidic acid and Betamethasone. Fusidic acid is an antibiotic that helps kill bacteria that causes infections, and betamethasone is a steroid that helps to reduce redness, itching and inflammation.
You cannot buy Fucibet cream over the counter.
What is Fucibet used for?
Fucibet cream is used for cases where the skin is inflamed but there is also an infection present. This means it is primarily used to treat cases of infected eczema, but it can be used for a number of skin conditions, such as dermatitis, where there is an infection present.
Fucibet cream should only be used to treat infected skin conditions caused by bacteria. It should not be used to treat spots, warts, boils, cysts, impetigo, thrush, fungal infections like athlete’s foot, or viral infections like cold sores.
The main use of Fucibet is to relieve conditions like infected outbreaks of eczema or dermatitis (not perioral - around the mouth), and germ infections.
How long does Fucibet take to work?
Fucibet cream is a fast-acting treatment and normally starts to produce an improvement within a couple of days. Most users state that they see a marked improvement in symptoms and flare-ups — to read reviews from real users, head over to our Fucibet reviews page.
Fucibet cream can be used daily for up to two weeks. However, if you cannot see any type of improvement after using the cream for seven days, you should stop using it and speak to your doctor.
Using the cream for longer than two weeks is not recommended. This is because repeated and extended use increases the chance that bacteria will become resistant to the treatment, which would lead to it becoming ineffective in the future.
How do you use Fucibet?
Fucibet cream is safe and easy to use:
- Wash your hands thoroughly before using the medicine.
- When you first remove the cap, check the seal is intact. You can then open the tube using the spike on the cap.
- Rub a thin layer gently onto the affected area — you don’t need much for Fucibet to be effective. The unit of measurement for creams and ointments applied to the body is the Finger Tip Unit (FTU). One FTU is the amount of cream from the edge of the nail to the first crease of the finger. A good indication to go on for how much cream you will need is if the size of the affected area is equal to about 2 adult hands this will require 1 FTU.
- Leave Fucibet cream to soak in for at least 30 minutes before applying any other moisturisers or creams. This will ensure it is fully absorbed and not diluted.
- Always wash your hands after using Fucibet (unless you are using the cream to treat your hands).
Avoid using Fucibet for any longer than two weeks. As we’ve mentioned above, using the cream for longer than this time period increases the chance that bacteria will become resistant to it (meaning the cream could be ineffective in the future) and it increases the risks of side effects.
The tube and its contents should be discarded after 3 months of opening; you can take it to any pharmacy free of charge, where it will be disposed of responsibly. Do not throw medicines away in the household rubbish.
Fucibet cream is for external use on the skin only.
Fucibet cream side effects
Fucibet is considered an extremely safe and effective medication. Most people will have a positive experience with no noticeable side effects during their course of treatment — to find out how our customers have found using the medication, visit our page of Fucibet customer reviews.
However, medications can affect individual users in different ways, and while Fucibet side effects are unusual, they can occur. It’s a good idea to be informed about the possible side effects of any medication you decide to use, including Fucibet.
Here are some side effects that can be experienced by Fucibet users:
- Dry skin
- Skin irritation
- Skin rash
- Inflammation or swelling of the skin
- Excessive hair growth (also known as hypertrichosis)
- Inflamed hair follicles, or folliculitis
Minor side effects at the site of application are more common, such as dry skin and itchiness, and mild pain or irritation when you apply the cream.
If you are concerned about any side effects you encounter while using Fucibet or experience any severe or painful reactions, you should stop using it immediately and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Can Fucibet be used on the face?
Fucibet is not usually recommended for use on the face as the skin is too sensitive, and the active ingredient betamethasone is strong (which is why Fucibet is so effective).
If you want to use this cream to treat eczema or another skin condition on your face, we would advise speaking with a doctor first. You should also be wary of using Fucibet on your face for any length of time, and be careful to avoid the areas around your eyes, lips and nostrils. For infected skin conditions on the face, Fucidin H cream is considered more appropriate.
For more information, check out this guide on how to treat eczema on your face.
Who can use Fucibet?
Fucibet is safe to use for the majority of people. However, Fucibet is generally not prescribed for children under 5 years old, as the ingredients are very strong. For use by anyone under 18, we would recommend seeing a doctor face-to-face to see what they advise.
There are a few other exceptions which mean that Fucibet will not be suitable for you; for example, if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. You should also avoid Fucibet if:
- You suffer from rosacea (a condition causing redness of the face and cheeks)
- You have acne or spots around the chin or mouth
- You have fungal skin infections that are not associated with outbreaks of eczema
- You have syphilis or tuberculosis
Fucibet is also not suitable for women who are pregnant. This is because animal studies have shown that the active ingredient betamethasone can cause harm to unborn children. If you want to use Fucibet during pregnancy, you should discuss with your doctor first.
Fucibet can be used by mothers who are breastfeeding, as long as it is not applied directly to the breast.
Using Fucibet with other medications
Fucibet is well-tolerated, and will not interact with the majority of other medications.
You should not, however, use Fucibet cream alongside any of the below medications:
- Any other creams that contain fusidic acid
- Other steroids such as betamethasone, hydrocortisone or clobetasone
- BCG vaccine
If you should experience any undesired effects when taking this medication with another treatment, please tell us and we can report it for you. We would also recommend speaking to a doctor about how to proceed.
Fucibet is an effective and fast-acting cream medication used to treat eczema and a range of other skin conditions. The majority of people can use Fucibet to treat dermatological conditions with little to no side effects and can expect positive results.
If you’re suffering from eczema or another skin condition, you can buy Fucibet cream from The Independent Pharmacy following a free consultation. Starting your online consultation is quick and easy — and you can even receive your medication the next day.