If you suffer from eczema — particularly infected eczema — then you may have already heard of Fucidin cream as a treatment option. But what is Fucidin cream used for specifically and is it suitable for you?
Fucidin isn’t just used to treat infected eczema — there are multiple Fucidin cream uses.
In this guide, we’ll be taking a closer look at Fucidin cream so that you know whether it’s suitable for you, including exactly what to expect should you decide to use this treatment. Read on to find out more.
What is Fucidin cream?
Fucidin cream is a prescription-only topical medical treatment which is used to treat infected eczema, dermatitis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Fucidin cream contains fusidic acid, which is a type of antibiotic. This means it is very effective at treating bacterial infections.
Fucidin cream is only available on prescription, which means you cannot buy it over the counter in the UK. You will need your GP or pharmacist to prescribe it for you — they will only be able to do this after a medical consultation.
You can buy Fucidin cream here at The Independent Pharmacy. Starting your free online consultation with us is quick and easy — you’ll just need to answer a few questions, and you can receive your medication the next day once it’s been approved by our medical team.
What is Fucidin cream used for?
Fucidin cream can be used to treat a number of bacterial infections.
It is primarily used to treat infected areas of eczema, but it can be used for the treatment of a number of other conditions, such as dermatitis.
Fucidin cream is suitable for treating conditions including:
- Infected eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis
- Infected hair follicles
- Infected wounds
- Infection around the nails
Fucidin cream should only be used to treat infected skin conditions caused by bacteria.
It should not be used to treat:
- Viral infections like cold sores
- Fungal infections like thrush or athlete’s foot
We’ll go into different Fucidin cream uses below in more detail.
Fucidin cream uses: what should and shouldn’t the cream be used to treat?
Sometimes it can be difficult to find out exactly what a medication is used for, and what it can be used to treat.
There is a lot of conflicting information on the internet about Fucidin cream uses, so if you just want to ask “what is Fucidin cream used for?”, it’s not always easy to find an exact answer.
In this section, we’ll be looking at Fucidin cream uses more closely — listing the different conditions and infections that Fucidin can be used for, as well as the conditions that Fucidin cannot be used to treat.
Fucidin cream for infected eczema
The main use of Fucidin cream is for treating infected eczema or dermatitis.
Eczema (also known as atopic eczema or atopic dermatitis) is a common skin condition that affects lots of people. It causes patches of itchy, dry and red skin, and can become a recurring issue if it isn’t treated properly — and can become more serious if it gets infected.
When the skin gets very dry and cracked, it can become infected. The surrounding skin will become red, the area will be hot to the touch and tender. You may notice that skin is ‘sticky’ or there is pus coming from the area, or the area may develop a crust as it dries.
Luckily, there are lots of different topical treatments you can use if you suffer from infected eczema, one of the most popular being Fucidin.
To use Fucidin cream for infected skin conditions, apply it topically to the affected area, usually three to four times a day during your course of treatment. Fucidin cream usually treats eczema infections within seven to ten days.
Fucidin cream contains the antibiotic and antibacterial medicine, fusidic acid, which prevents the bacteria infecting your eczema from replicating. This stops the infection from spreading, allowing the immune system to kill the existing bacteria and helping your infected eczema to clear up.
Fucidin cream for impetigo
Impetigo is a skin infection that is highly contagious but not usually serious. It is caused by bacteria, and can cause red sores or blisters that burst and leave weepy, gold-brown crusty patches. It can be itchy, painful and easily spread to other parts of your body. Anyone can get it, but it's very common in young children.
Impetigo is treated with antibiotics and often gets better in seven to ten days once you start treatment. Fucidin cream is one such treatment — as a topical antibiotic, it is an effective treatment when used for impetigo.
The antibiotic fusidic acid in Fucidin cream treats the bacterial infection which causes impetigo. You should apply it to the affected areas as instructed. Your condition should start to improve after a few days. However, it is very important to use the cream for as long as your doctor has recommended to ensure that the infection has completely gone.
Fucidin cream thrush use
Vaginal thrush (commonly known as thrush) is a common yeast infection that will affect most women in their lifetime. It is more common in women in their twenties and thirties.
The use of Fucidin cream for thrush or yeast infections is not generally recommended. This is because thrush is a type of yeast or fungal infection — thrush is caused by the yeast-like fungus candida albicans.
Fucidin cream should only be used to treat infected skin conditions caused by bacteria. It should not be used to treat fungal infections like thrush.
For thrush, a short course of anti-fungal treatment is usually the best option. These can be purchased over-the-counter without the need for a prescription. Here at The Independent Pharmacy, we stock a range of suitable anti-fungal thrush medications — head to our dedicated thrush treatments page to find out more.
Fucidin cream for spots and acne
The use of Fucidin cream for acne or spots is not its intended use; this is considered ‘off label’ use (this means that the medicine is being used in a way that is different to that described in the licence).
However, if you want to know whether Fucidin cream can be used for acne or spots, the answer is yes. Fucidin can be used for spots or acne — in particular, infected spots or acne.
This is because Fucidin cream contains fusicid acid, an antibiotic which helps with bacterial infections.
When a spot or acne becomes infected, you may be prescribed Fucidin cream to treat the infection and stop the bacteria causing the infection from growing. By applying it to the affected area, it helps to provide relief from symptoms and prevent the condition from getting worse, clearing up spots or acne.
There are other treatments which are more suitable for acne. To find out more, head to our acne treatments page.
Fucidin cream for cold sores
Fucidin cream cannot be used for cold sores.
This is because cold sores are a viral infection, caused by a virus called herpes simplex (HSV-1).
Fucidin cream should only be used to treat infected skin conditions caused by bacteria. It should not be used to treat viral infections like cold sores.
If you want to find a suitable treatment for cold sores, visit our main cold sores treatment page.
Fucidin cream during pregnancy
If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant and you’re thinking about using this treatment, you may be wondering — is Fucidin cream safe in pregnancy?
The answer is yes — using Fucidin cream during pregnancy is generally considered safe. The same goes for using other fusidic acid-based treatments such as creams, ointments or eye drops while pregnant.
There is no clear evidence that using this medical cream will be harmful to your baby or adversely affect your pregnancy. This is because Fucidin cream is only applied topically to affected areas, so it will only have an impact on these localised areas. It isn’t really absorbed by the body, therefore it wouldn’t cause any negative effects to a pregnancy or unborn baby.
Fucidin cream is also considered suitable for breastfeeding women for the same reasons.
However, if you are pregnant, planning to have a baby, or breast-feeding, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using this medicine. It’s always a good idea to discuss any treatment options with your GP or pharmacist to choose the lowest-risk medicine possible to treat any condition during pregnancy.
Fucidin cream is an effective topical medication which is used to treat infected eczema and a range of other skin conditions, including impetigo.
Fucidin cream is an antibiotic treatment, containing the active ingredient fusidic acid, and should only be used to treat infected skin conditions caused by bacteria. The main Fucidin cream use is for infected eczema, but it can treat other bacterial infections too.
It should not be used to treat viral infections (such as cold sores), or fungal infections (such as thrush or athlete’s foot).
Fusidic acid — the active ingredient in Fucidin cream — works by stopping infection-causing bacteria from growing and increasing in number, causing the bacteria to die and allowing the immune system to kill remaining bacteria.
If you’re suffering from infected eczema or another skin condition and you’ve been diagnosed by a doctor, you can buy Fucidin cream from The Independent Pharmacy.
To receive your treatment, you’ll just need to complete a free online consultation. This lets us check that this is the right treatment for you. Starting your online consultation is quick, free and easy — you just need to answer a few questions before your order is reviewed by our team of qualified prescribers. Once this is done, you will receive your medication the very next day when ordered before 3pm.
- Fucidin Cream Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.5510.pdf