Fucidin H is a cream that contains fusidic acid and hydrocortisone acetate and both substances are actually active ingredients. Fucidic acid has antibiotic properties and it enters bacterial cells and interferes with the protein production needed for the bacteria to multiply and divide. It makes it impossible for the bacteria to multiply and they get killed off by the immune system. Hydrocortisone acetate is a corticosteroid naturally produced by the adrenal glands. Its main function is to reduce skin inflammations, which is done by preventing the release of some substances from the cells. Hydrocortisone relieves itching and inflammation by preventing these chemicals from being released. When mixed, these two ingredients provides a good remedy for dermatitis and eczema infected with bacteria. Fucidic acid fights the bacteria, while Hydrocortisone takes care of inflammations.
Fucidin H is intended for external use on the skin only. It must be applied evenly to the affected area, and one should always wash the hands thoroughly afterwards. One should also avoid contact of the medicine with open wounds, eyes, the mouth and nasal passages. Corticosteroids can sometimes cause skin thinning and decrease of the hormone production in the adrenal glands, so it should not be used continuously for longer periods of time. If used excessively it may trigger resistance to the antibiotic and possible hypersensitivity reactions. Extreme precautions should be taken when used inchildren.
There are certain medical conditions which prohibit the use of this cream. These conditions include acne vulgaris, acne rosacea, syphilis induced skin rashes, skin ulcers, itchy genital or anal skin, primary bacterial skin infections, viral skin infections, tuberculosis affected skin, inflammatory rashes, broken veins and extremely thin skin. People who are allergic to any of the ingredients found in Fucidin H cream should not use the medication. The cream is not recommended for use during pregnancy unless advised to do so by a doctor. Breastfeeding women should also avoid using this medication, but if the doctor prescribes the medication anyway, the breast area must be washed off carefully before breastfeeding.
Most medications sometimes have side effects but they do not affect all people in the same way. If a person experiences some side effects while taking a certain medicine it does not necessarily mean that the same will happen to another person. Some people do not experience any side effects at all. Fucidin H side effects include skin irritation, decreased skin pigmentation, increased hair growth, dermatitis, rash, skin thinning and hair follicle inflammation.