Fucidin cream is used to treat skin infections caused by bacteria, particularly staphylococcal bacteria. The skin infections treated by Fucidin cream include the following:
Fucidin cream may be used in adults and children.
Fucidin cream contains the active ingredient fusidic acid. Fucidic acid a type of medicine called antibiotic. Fusidic acid works by interfering with the bacteria’s protein production that is essential for their growth and replication. Fusidic acid does not cause the actual killing of the bacteria, but makes them unable to replicate and increase in quantity. The remaining bacteria, which are deprived of their essential proteins, will eventually die or destroyed by the body’s immune system. This results in the clearing of the infection.
Fucidin cream should be applied thinly and gently to the infected area of the skin as directed by your doctor. If your doctor will ask you to cover the area with a dressing, there is no need to apply the cream as frequently.
You should thoroughly wash your hands before applying the medicine. You should also wash your hands after applying the cream, unless the skin of the hand is being treated.
You should avoid getting the cream in the eyes, particularly when treating an infection on the facial skin. If you accidentally get the cream in the eyes, they should be rinsed thoroughly with plenty of water.
Apply Fucidin cream every day as long as the doctor has prescribed it. You need to finish the course of treatment unless your doctor will ask you to stop it. Stopping the use of the medication before the end of the prescribed course of treatment could result in the infection coming back and increase the risk of the bacteria becoming resistant to the antibiotic.
If your infection does not get better or gets worse despite the treatment of Fucidin cream, you should see your doctor. You also need to see your doctor if your infection will come back after you have finished the treatment course.
You should not use Fucidin cream for longer than what your doctor prescribed, or save the medicine for future infections, unless your doctor will tell you to. Prolonged or repeated use of an antibacterial medicine can result in skin reactions and may also result in antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Fucidin cream is effective in treating various skin infections caused by certain kinds of bacteria. It works by interfering with the production of proteins that the bacteria need for growth and increase in number. Fucidin cream clears the skin infection when the bacteria that can no longer multiply die naturally or are destroyed by the body’s immune system.
Fucidin cream should be used as directed by your doctor. It is also important that you read and understand the instruction leaflet that comes with the product.
You should wash your hands thoroughly before you apply the cream to the affected area of your skin. The cream should be applied thinly and gently to the infected area of the skin as directed by your doctor.
You may not need to apply Fucidin cream as often as directed by your doctor if he has instructed you to cover the treatment area with a dressing.
Again, wash your hands thoroughly after applying the cream, unless you are treating the skin of your hands.
Care must be taken so that the cream will not accidentally get in your eyes, which is likely to happen if you are treating the area of facial skin close to the eyes. If the cream will accidentally get into your eyes, you should rinse the eyes with plenty of water.
Fucidin cream should be applied every day for as long as your doctor has prescribed. It is important that you finish the course of treatment unless your doctor will ask you to stop, even if the symptoms of the infection are improving. Stopping the application of the cream before the completion of the course of treatment will likely result in the infection coming back and increase the risk of the bacteria becoming antibiotic-resistant.
Fucidin cream is to be applied lightly and gently on the affected area of the skin. It should be applied three or four times a day, depending on the severity of the infection or according to the instruction of your doctor.
Most medicines can cause some unwanted side effects, which can affect individuals in different ways. Not everyone who uses Fucidin cream will experience the side effects.
Uncommon side effects:
Rare side effects
Fucidin cream should not be used by people who are allergic to fusidic acid, sodium fusidate, or any of the other ingredients of Fucidin cream. If you believe that you are experiencing an allergic reaction to Fucidin, stop using it and call your doctor.
Fucidin cream can be safely used during pregnancy. It is also safe to use the cream while breastfeeding because fusidic acid is absorbed through the skin in a very slight amount. If you are breastfeeding, avoid applying the cream near your breasts. If you have to apply the cream to your breasts, you should wash it off thoroughly before breastfeeding.
Fusidic acid is not absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream in significant amounts so it is not expected to affect other benefits. However, if you are using a moisturizer in the same area of the skin that is being treated by Fucidin cream, it should not be applied at the same time as it will dilute the antibiotic and makes it less effective for the treatment of the infection. Leave about 30 minutes between applying different products to the same area of the skin in order to give them time to be absorbed.
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