Fucidin cream contains fusidic acid, which is a type of antibiotic. It’s applied topically to the affected area in order to stop the growth and spread of bacteria that’s causing an infection. Rather than taking oral antibiotics, Fucidin cream works by targeting the specific area that’s causing you problems and killing the bacteria at the source. This means that it works quickly and effectively at reducing symptoms of inflamed, irritated & infected skin.
Fucidin is used for skin conditions that are caused by bacteria. Unfortunately, it won’t help you if your symptoms aren’t caused by bacteria, so if you aren’t sure if Fucidin cream is right for you, you should have your symptoms examined by a doctor first to determine the cause.
Fucidin cream contains three ingredients that might cause skin irritation in some people, so it’s important to take caution if you haven’t used Fucidin before, and make sure that you keep an eye out for any adverse reactions. The three potential irritants include butylhydroxyanisole, cetyl alcohol & potassium sorbate. If you know you have a sensitivity to any of these ingredients, you may need to avoid using Fucidin cream, or talk to your local pharmacist about an alternative.
Fucidin is flammable, and should be kept away from open flames. Additionally, if Fucidin comes into contact with clothes and bedding, it can build up on the material. Because of this, it’s important to wash any fabrics regularly that may come into contact with the cream to reduce the risk of fire.
Fucidin is also available as an ointment, which is slightly greasier than the cream, but may be prescribed for smaller areas or to those that are intolerant to some of the ingredients used in the cream.
The dosage and application instructions are the same for Fucidin ointment as they are for the cream, though it’s important to know that you should use one or the other, not both of them together. Fucidin ointment is also flammable, so you should take just as much caution with it as you would do with the cream. If you aren’t sure whether you should order the ointment or cream, you should speak to your GP or local pharmacist about your skin complaint and ask if they can advise you either way.
Fucidin cream uses
Fucidin is primarily for treating skin infections and problems that are caused by bacteruia – particularly staphylococcal bacteria. Because of this, it might not be suitable for all skin conditions, as some types of eczema or dermatitis aren’t caused by bacteria. However, if your skin complaint becomes infected, Fucidin may be suitbale for you to fight the infection and reduce any added discomfort. Fucidin cam be used for:
- Infected dermatitis or infected eczema
- Infected spots
- Infected cuts and grazes
In addition to this, Fucidin is also sometimes used for cellulitis, and boils that may have become infected.
Because of the antibiotic properties of fucidin cream and ointment, it’s important that you only use the treatment if you’re sure that your skin complaint is caused by bacteria. If it isn’t, Fucidin won’t help, and may actually worsen your symptoms.
If you aren’t sure if your skin is infected, you should speak to your GP to make sure.
Fucidin for eczema
Fucidin is sometimes sued for infected eczema where the skin may have been broken, allowing for bacteria to get inside and cause increased discomfort, swelling, redness and itching.
Infected eczema may cause the skin to become yellow, crusty or inflamed. However, as skin infections can often involve open sores, it’s always a good idea to speak to your doctor before using Fucidin or any other type of topical treatment on broken skin.
Fucidin H is perhaps more commonly used for eczema, as this contains a corticosteroid as well as fusidic acid, meaning that it can fight the infection and reduce swelling and inflammation at the same time.
If you’re looking to buy Fucidin for eczema, you should first speak to your GP about which form would be most appropriate for you, and whether or not your eczema is infected, as a simple eczema flare up may only require treatment with an emollient or topical corticosteroid.
Fucidin cream for boils
Boils often appear when a hair follicle becomes infected, or can be caused by a type of bacterial infection. Most commonly, boils are caused by staphylococcal bacteria, making Fucidin an ideal treatment for them as it is highly effective when it comes to this strain of bacteria.
Although staphylococcal bacteria can live harmlessly on your skin without causing any problems, it can cause inflammation, irritation and pain when it enters the skin through a wound.
Fucidin is usually prescribed for boils that are particularly large of painful, or that cause the patient a lot of distress. Many boils tend to heal on their own without medical intervention, but if you have one that’s particularly painful, it could be worth your while to look at whether Fucidin is a suitable treatment for you in order to kill the infection and get rid of the boil sooner.
Fucidin cream on face
Because of the nature of skin infections, they can often happen on the face. Because of this, it’s generally safe to use Fucidin cream or ointment on your face, as long as you avoid contact with the eyes.
Fucudin is for external use only, so shouldn’t be used for any infections inside the mouth, nose, or other internal areas of your body.
If the affected area of skin is near to your eyes, you should ask your GP or local pharmacist for advice, as if Fucidin comes into contact with your eyes, it can cause irritation and vision problems.
Fucidin cream side effects
Although Fucidin cream is a topical treatment, you should remember that it is still an antibiotic and can produce side effects in some people. Most side effects are uncommon or rare, but it’s important to know about them so that you can keep an eye out for the same symptoms in yourself, especially if you’ve never used Fucidin before.
Fucidin side effects are usually localised to the area that it’s applied to, so luckily, if you do experience any adverse effects, washing away the cream can help to relieve them.
The Fucudin cream side effects outlined in the patient information leaflet include:
- Irritation at application site
- Skin swelling
- Blistering of the skin
Whilst it’s unlikely that you’ll experience any of these, you should inform your doctor if you do, as it could indicate that you aren’t able to tolerate the cream and should seek an alternative treatment.
In addition to these symptoms, Fucidin may also cause an allergic reaction in some rare cases. Symptoms of this include anaphylaxis and/or a severe skin rash. If this happens to you, you should stop using Fucidin cream and seek urgent medical help.
Fucidin cream over the counter
Fucidin is a prescription-only medication, meaning that it is unfortunately not available in pharmacies or over the counter. This is due to the fact that it contains an antibiotic, and should only be used in cases where the skin is infected.
A prescription for Fucidin can be obtained from your own GP, or alternatively, you can order it online from Doctor4U where you’ll be asked to complete some consultation questions. Our own GMC-registered doctors will then review your answers and generate a prescription if they think it is suitable for you.
Fucidin cream price
Fucidin is an affordable treatment, with prices starting from £12.99 for a 15g tube. For most people, a tube of this size should be enough to treat a skin infection over a relatively small area. For larger areas or for recurring infections, you may decide to buy the 30g tube of Fucidin cream, priced at £15.99.
Doctor4U operates fair pricing wherever possible to make sure that medications are accessible to those that need them.
Buy Fucidin cream
You can buy Fucidin cream from Doctor4U without needing a prescription from your own doctor beforehand. As we have a team of GMC-registered doctors, they will be able to issue a prescription for Fucidin cream if they believe that it’s suitable for you based on your consultation answers.
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