Fucidin H cream is used to treat conditions where the skin is inflamed (eczema or dermatitis) and also infected by germs (bacteria). This cream contains hydrocortisone 1% to reduce skin inflammation, together with fusidic acid 2%, an antibiotic that treats bacterial infection. These 2 medicines work at the same time in different ways. The antibiotic works with killing germs (bacteria) that cause infections and the corticosteroid works by reducing any swelling, redness or itchiness of your skin. Together they become an effective medicine to treat eczema.
What’s on this page:
Eczema: A short overview
Eczema is the name for a group of conditions that cause the skin to become red, itchy and inflamed. Eczema is a general term for dermatitis, which is the term normal used inflammation of the skin. All types of eczema cause itching and redness and some will blister or peel. There is several types of eczema, and to know which type of the condition you have is relevant to the type of treatment you will need.
While the exact cause of eczema is unknown, researchers do know that people who develop
eczema do so because of a combination of genes and environmental triggers. When an irritant or an allergen is exposed to the immune system, skin cells don’t behave as they normally would and therefore cause flare-ups.
How does Fucidin H work?
As mentioned above this medicine contains two active ingredients, that work to reduce any inflammation and bacterial infections in the skin. One of the active ingredients is Hydrocortisone, this is a type of ‘mild’ steroid, and it works by stopping skin cells releasing various inflammatory substances that make blood vessels widen and cause the skin to become red, swollen, itchy and painful. It reduces the swelling, redness and itching and so helps prevent scratching that can further irritate the skin. This ingredient works together with the other substance called fusidic acid, this is used in those cases where a steroid cream would be helpful but where the skin is infected as well or is likely to become infected. It works by stopping bacteria from producing essential proteins. Together they reduce the risk of the skin getting inflamed and infected.
Can I buy Fucidin H online in the UK?
When treating the condition, a doctor will usually assess its severity before advising which type of medication (if necessary) to use. With Fucidin, which is available to buy online through a secure prescription service, like an online clinic of your choice. But you should keep in mind that in the UK this is a prescription-only medicine, so you will have to obtain a prescription in order to buy it legally.
Most online clinics offer various forms of consultations with a doctor – from live chat apps, to customised questionnaires, all these methods are there to help the doctor employed by the online clinic to make an informed decision about your suitability for the treatment, based on your medical profile and history.
If you get the all clear from your doctor, they can issue a prescription and send the required medicine straight to your doorstep.
How do I use Fucidin?
When using Fucidin, it is absolutely crucial to precisely follow the guidelines presented to you by your prescriber. In addition to this, you should also consult the official patient information leaflet that you can find within every box of the medicine for a detailed overview of the treatment. Doing so will go a long way in diminishing the risk of side effects while at the same time boosting the chances of success.
Some most general guidelines can be described as follows:
- The usual treatment time is up to 2 weeks. Ask your doctor before using this medicine for any longer. You should notice your skin improve after just a few days of using the cream. If there is no improvement after 7 days you should stop using the cream and go back to your doctor
- This medicine is only for using on your skin or the skin of a child. Do not swallow it. Do not put it inside your body.
- Usually, you should use this medicine twice each day. Use it in the morning and evening. To remind you to use the medicine it may help to use it when you do another regular action, such as brushing your teeth.
- If you have been told to cover the skin with any dressings or bandages you may not need to use the medicine so often. Follow the advice of your doctor.
- Remove the cap. Check the seal is not broken before you first use the cream. Then push the spike in the cap through the seal on the tube.
- Always wash your hands before using Fucidin® H Cream.
- Rub the medicine gently on the skin.
- If you use it on your face be careful to avoid your eyes.
- Unless you are using the cream to treat your hands, always wash your hands after using Fucidin® H Cream.
- If you accidentally get any medicine in your eye, wash it out with cold water straight away. Then bathe your eye with eyewash if possible. Your eye may sting. If you start to have any problems with your sight or your eye is sore, contact your doctor immediately.
Are there any side effects with Fucidin?
Like all medicines, Fucidin® H Cream can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The most serious of them certainly is an allergic reaction to the medicine. If you turn out to be allergic to Fucidin or any of its ingredients, it is essential to contact the emergency services immediately and ask for advice. The symptoms of an allergic side effect can be:
- You have difficulty breathing
- Your face or throat swell
- Your skin develops a severe rash
Other possible side effects:
- Itchy rash and skin inflammation in the area where the medicine is used
- Worsening of your eczema
- Skin rash
- Adrenal glands may stop working properly.
- Signs are tiredness, depression and anxiety
- Thinning of the skin
- Red spotty rash around the mouth or chin
- Stretch marks
- Small veins near the surface of the skin become visible
- Skin redness
- Lightening of your skin colour
- Changes in the growth of your body hair
- Excessive sweating
In order to ensure the safety of this treatment, always make sure to disclose all the relevant info to your doctor and this includes other medicines you might be taking at the moment and other medical conditions that you might be affected by.
Hypersensitivity to Fucidin Cream is a contraindication. In addition, Fucidin Cream should not be used if you have the following conditions:
- Primary skin infections caused by fungi, virus or bacteria, either untreated or uncontrolled by appropriate treatment
- Skin manifestations in relation to tuberculosis, either untreated or uncontrolled by appropriate therapy.
- Perioral dermatitis and rosacea.
This medicine should also not be used if:
- If you are pregnant or think you are pregnant.
- You must not use your medicine for a long time or in large amounts. You must ask your doctor for advice.
- If you are breastfeeding. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while using this medicine.
- Driving and using machines. Usually, the medicine will have a very little effect on your ability to drive or use machines. Check with your doctor if you feel any side effect that may stop you from driving or using machines.