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Fucidin cream: Drug Information
Fucidin is a topical antibacterial cream used for the treatment of skin infections due to staphylococcal bacteria.
Use Fucidin if you have any of the following infections:
Impetigo (bacterial skin infection)
Infected dermatitis (eczema)
Paronychia (infection around the nails)
Angular cheilitis (inflammation of the lips)
Folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicles)
Infected wounds and cuts.
Fucidin is effective at treating penicillin-resistant infections. Remember that it will not work for skin infections caused by viruses.
How does Fucidin cream work?
Fucidin contains the active component fusidic acid, which is an antibiotic prescribed for skin infections. Fusidic acid stops the growth of bacteria by preventing them from producing proteins. These proteins are essential for survival of bacteria. The bacteria cannot grow and replicate without proteins and eventually die. In such a way Fucidin helps treat infections.
How to apply Fucidin cream?
Wash your hands thoroughly before using the cream. Apply a thin layer of Fucidin cream to the affected area and rub the cream in. Wash your hands after using Fucidin cream unless you are using it to treat your hands.
How Fucidin should be used?
Fucidin cream is for external use only. Do not swallow it or put inside your body.
Your doctor will tell you how much and how often you should use Fucidin. Your dose will depend on the type of infection you have and some other factors, such as your response to fusidic acid. Do not change your dose unless your prescriber has instructed you otherwise.
For most infections, Fucidin should be applied to the infected area 3-4 times a day. Your doctor can direct you to cover the affected area of the skin with a dressing. In this case you should apply Fucidin 1-2 times a day.
Duration of treatment with Fucidin depends on the type of infection being treated. Thus, a course of treatment of impetigo usually lasts for 7-10 days. It is not recommended to use Fucidin cream for more than 5 days for the treatment of skin infections in children. Consult your doctor if you notice no improvement within a few days, or if your symptoms are getting worse.
It is important to finish the entire prescribed course of Fucidin. Even if the symptoms of infection have improved, it does not mean that the infection has cleared up. If you discontinue Fucidin too soon, it will increase the chance of relapse.
Read Patient Information Leaflet before you use Fucidin cream to make sure this medication is right for you.
Are there any side effects?
Possible side effects of Fucidin include pain or burning when applied, redness, swelling, skin rash, itching, and dermatitis. However, these side effects are usually mild, and not every patient will develop them. Consult your doctor if you have severe and troublesome side effects.
Get medical help if you develop any signs of allergic reaction, including difficulty breathing or face swelling.
Your risk of developing side effects may increase if you are using Fucidin cream in large amounts or for a long time. This may make your skin more sensitive to the cream.
Warnings and precautions
Fucidin is not known to interact with other medications. However, you should consult your doctor before using fusidic acid cream if you are applying any other creams on the same area.
Before using fusidic acid, be sure to tell your doctor of any other medical conditions you have. This may affect how you should apply Fucidin.
You should not use Fucidin cream if you are pregnant or if you are a breast-feeding mother. People allergic to fusidic acid or other components of the cream should not use Fucidin cream. You will find a full list of the cream’s components in the Patient Information Leaflet. Consult your doctor if you have any other allergies.
Do not apply any skin care products to the infected area when treating with Fucidin.
Be careful not to get the cream into your eyes. If Fucidin gets in your eyes, rinse your eyes thoroughly with water. Avoid touching affected areas of skin to prevent the infection from spreading.