Fucidin UK
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Fucidin Cream

Medication features

Fucidin cream is used to treat a number of skin conditions. It is an antibiotic cream that battles infections on the skin surface. It is usually applied two or three times a day for about a week.

  • Helps to treat Infected Eczema & Dermatitis
  • 7 to 10-day course
  • 2% Fusidic Acid Antibiotic Cream



Order Fucidin Cream Online UK

You can buy Fucidin cream online from our UK registered online doctor and pharmacy service. You will need to complete an online medical consultation for our doctors to assess the suitability of Fucidin for your condition.

If your order is approved, a prescription will be sent to our online pharmacy team. From here, it will be dispensed and dispatched to your chosen delivery address.

What is Fucidin cream?

Fucidin cream and Fucidin ointment are topical treatments used to treat bacterial skin infections. Examples of bacterial skin infections include infected dermatitis and eczema, impetigo, and infected cuts and grazes. It is usually prescribed as a 7 to 10 day course to clear up the infection.

It contains the active ingredient fusidic acid and is available as the brand name Fucidin.

How does Fucidin work?

Fusidic acid is an antibiotic that works by stopping the bacteria that causes infections. It does this by preventing the bacteria's ability to multiply, effectively stopping the spread of the infection. This helps to treat the skin infection and allows the skin to heal.

Fusidic acid only works against bacteria. It is not effective against fungal or viral skin infections. Ringworm and athlete’s foot are both examples of fungal infections that can be treated with antifungals like Daktarin cream. Shingles and cold sores are examples of viral infections.

Fucidin cream uses

Fucidin cream is used for a number of bacterial infections including:

  • Impetigo (school sores) - A crusty, weeping and swollen patch of skin which is highly contagious.
  • Infected dermatitis and eczema - Scratching from these conditions can cause the skin to become broken result in a skin infection.
  • General infections from cuts and grazes

Fucidin cream is generally effective against these types of infections if used correctly.

How to use Fucidin cream

You should use Fucidin exactly as your doctor has told you to. Usually, it is applied three or four times a day to the infected areas. Make sure you use Fucidin cream for the full prescribed course, even if the infection seems to have improved. This is to prevent the infection from coming back if not fully cleared if treatment is stopped early.

Before first applying the cream or ointment, remove the cap and check the seal isn’t broken. To break the seal, push the spike in the cap through it.

Wash your hands before applying the treatment and wash them afterwards (unless you’re treating your hands). A thin layer of cream or ointment should be applied to the affected area of the skin and gently rubbed in. Do not cover the skin with dressings or bandages unless your doctor has advised you to do so. Be careful to avoid contact with the eyes or lips. If accidental contact occurs, wash it out with cold water right away. If irritation persists, consult your doctor.

Fucidin alternatives

Fucidin is a common course of treatment for certain skin infections. Doctors may also prescribe a combination of fusidic acid and a steroid ingredient. These may be more suitable for people with inflammatory skin infections, such as infected eczema.

Fucidin H cream contains fusidic acid and the steroid hydrocortisone. Fucibet cream contains fusidic acid and the steroid betamethasone.

Non-prescription treatments for eczema and dermatitis include moisturisers, bath and shower gels, and antihistamine tablets to help with itching.

Fucidin Summary

Active ingredient

Fusidic acid

Type of cream

Antibiotic cream


From £11.99

Side effects

Can include skin irritation, burning, stinging.

Fucidin Prices

Fucidin - 1 x 15g


Fucidin - 2 x 15g


Fucidin - 1 x 30g


Fucidin - 2 x 30g


Fucidin Side Effects

As with any medicine, it can cause side effects. However, these are uncommon and happen in less than 1 in 100 people. Skin reactions like irritation, pain, burning, and stinging can happen in the area of skin on which the cream is applied. Some people may also experience a rash or itching as a side effect.
If you notice any side effects from using this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist for advice. You can also see the patient information leaflet for a full list of side effects.


What is Fucidin cream used for?

Fucidin cream uses include treating skin infections such as infected eczema, impetigo, and cuts that have become infected. It is also known as fusidic acid cream or ointment.

Is Fucidin cream a steroid?

The cream contains the active ingredient fusidic acid, which is not a steroid. Other creams are available to treat infections that do contain a steroid such as Fucidin H cream and Fucibet cream.

Can Fucidin cream be used for fungal infections?

It is not suitable to treat a fungal infection. Fungal infections, like athlete’s foot, need to be treated by antifungal medication such as Daktarin cream. Fucidin contains an antibiotic, which is only effective at treating bacterial infections.

How long does Fucidin take to work?

Your skin condition should improve after a few days of using the treatment. If you find that after 7 days your skin hasn’t improved, or has worsened, you should seek medical advice from your GP.

Can I buy Fucidin cream over the counter?

Fucidin cream, in the UK, is a prescription-only medicine and you cannot buy it over the counter. However, you can request to order Fucidin online from UK registered online doctor services - like Simple Online Pharmacy. We ask that you complete an online consultation as part of your order, for our doctors to assess. Our prescription price is already included in the Fucidin cream price.


Hywel McGlinchy, Clinical Pharmacist


Hywel McGlinchy

RoleClinical Pharmacist
Qual.Masters of Pharmacy
AboutHywel started with Simple Online Pharmacy in 2020. He's responsible for helping author and review accurate site content. He also works with our GPs to make sure all aspects of patient safety are covered. 


What is eczema?

Eczema is a long term, inflammatory skin condition which usually has periods when it flares and periods when it clears. It can cause itchy and dry skin and is commonly found on the back of the knees, on the hands, and the inside of the elbows.

What does eczema look like?

In eczema, the skin is often inflamed and can be weepy. In lighter skin, eczema might become red. In darker skin, the inflamed skin might be grey, dark brown, or purple. This page shows several photos of eczema in people of different ages.

How do you get eczema?

There is no single cause of eczema. It is thought to involve a combination of factors like genes, environmental factors, and the immune system. 

People with a family history of eczema, hayfever, and/or asthma may be more likely to get eczema. There are also trigger factors that may cause eczema flares in some people. Examples of these are certain soaps, certain fabrics, pet fur, and pollen.

Can stress cause eczema?

Stress is thought to be one trigger factor that can exacerbate eczema or cause flares. Eczema can also cause people to feel stressed about their symptoms.

Can you buy steroid creams over the counter?

Some steroid creams can be bought over the counter at pharmacies. This includes Hydrocortisone 1% and Eumovate 0.05% but they can only be purchased after receiving medical advice from a pharmacist. Other corticosteroid creams are prescription-only medicines. 

You can order prescription eczema creams (UK) from our online doctor service. We ask that you complete an online medical questionnaire to enable our doctors to check that it is safe to prescribe. This service is only available to patients already prescribed specific steroid creams by their GP.


Info Leaflet

Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.


Warnings and Precautions

You should not use this medicine if you have experienced an allergic reaction to fusidic acid or any of the other ingredients in the cream. You should only use the cream or ointment for as long as your doctor has prescribed. It should not be used in large amounts or for long periods of time.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using this medicine. See the patient information leaflet for further information.

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Fucidin Cream

Medication Simple Online Pharmacy
20% xFucidin Cream 1 x 15g £11.99
20% xFucidin Cream 2 x 15g £17.99
20% xFucidin Cream 1 x 30g £16.99
20% xFucidin Cream 2 x 30g £27.99

Eumovate Cream and Ointment

Medication Simple Online Pharmacy
Cream 1 x 30g £11.99
Eumovate Cream 2 x 30g £19.99
Eumovate Ointment 1 x 30g £11.99
Eumovate Ointment 2 x 30g £19.99
Eumovate Cream 1 x 100g £18.99
Eumovate Ointment 1 x 100g £18.99


Medication Simple Online Pharmacy
Cream x 30g £8.99
2 x Betnovate Cream x 30g £16.99
Ointment x 30g £8.99
Ointment 2 x 30g £16.99
Ointment 0.1% x 100g £17.49
Cream x 100g £17.49

Fucibet Cream

Medication Simple Online Pharmacy
1 x 30g £12.49
2 x 30g £23.99

Fucidin H Cream

Medication Simple Online Pharmacy
Fucidin H Cream 1 x 30g £12.99
Fucidin H Cream 1x 60g £23.99

Hydrocortisone 1%

Medication Simple Online Pharmacy
1% Cream x1 x 50g £10.99
1% Cream x 2 x 50g £19.99
1% Ointment x 1 x 50g £10.99
1% Ointment x 2 x 50g £19.99
1% Cream x1 x 30g £7.99

Hydrocortisone Ointment & Aveeno Bundle

Medication Simple Online Pharmacy
1% xHydrocortisone Ointment 50g & Aveeno Bundle £21.99

Hydrocortisone Ointment & Cetraben Bundle

Medication Simple Online Pharmacy
1% xHydrocortisone Ointment 50g & Cetraben Bundle (500g) £24.99


Medication Simple Online Pharmacy
Cream 0.05% x1 £14.99
Ointment 0.05% x1 £14.99
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