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Fucidin cream

Written by Caidr's team of doctors and pharmacists based in UK | Updated: 06.03.2023 | 2 min read

Fucidin cream is a brand of cream that contains the active ingredient fusidic acid. Fusidic acid is an antibiotic and is used to treat bacterial skin infections. Adults and children can use it to treat infections caused by staphylococcal bacteria, such as impetigo, and infected cuts and grazes. Fucidin ointment is a similar medication, the only difference is that it’s a bit greasier; therefore, it’s normally only used on smaller areas of skin. Fucidin H cream is similar but contains hydrocortisone (a corticosteroid) in addition, as well as fusidic acid. Fucidin H treats inflammatory conditions that could also have bacterial infections. It can be used for infected eczema and dermatitis. All these medications are only available on prescription.

Fusidic acid has not been licensed for use in the US. The most similar product is mupirocin (Bactroban).

Doctor’s advice

How do I use it?

You should follow the guidance given by your doctor, but normally, it is advised that you apply a small amount of Fucidin cream or ointment to the affected area three or four times a day. Fucidin H cream is usually applied twice a day. The length of treatment is typically 1 to 2 weeks.

Ensure you wash your hands well before and after using Fucidin medicines to prevent the infection from spreading to other body parts. Steroid-containing creams should not be used on open skin or sensitive body areas like the face.

How does it work?

Fusidic acid works by stopping the spread of bacterial skin infections. It does not kill the bacteria itself. Instead, it stops the bacteria from producing important proteins, preventing them from growing and replicating. The bacteria either die on their own or are killed by your immune system.

Are there any side-effects?

Like all medications, don’t take them if you have previously had an allergic reaction to the medication or if you have other medications or medical conditions that you would normally discuss with your doctor or pharmacist before starting something new.

Some people are bound to get unwanted side effects, as with any medication. Some common ones include pain, irritation, stinging, redness, itching, swelling, and blistering at the application site. Speak to your doctor if any of these side effects become bothersome.

Are there any interactions with other medicines?

Interactions are uncommon with Fucidin products because only a small amount of medicine is absorbed into your bloodstream.

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