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Sodium Fusidate Topical



Sodium fusidate topical is used to treat skin infections like impetigo (a weeping, swollen and crusty patch of skin), superficial folliculitis (inflamed hair follicles on the skin), infected dermatitis (red, swollen, and sore upper layer of skin due to skin irritation), sycosis barbae (bacterial infection causing inflammation of the hair follicles in the bearded area), paronychia (bacterial infection of nail), erythrasma (superficial skin infection of armpits or groin) and infected minor cuts. 

How it works

Sodium fusidate is a steroid that belongs to the class of medications called as antibiotics. It works by interfering with bacterial protein synthesis thereby killing the bacteria and preventing the infection. 

Common side effects

Application site redness of skin, Application site irritation, Application site itching, Skin rash


Expert advice

  • Avoid direct contact of an ointment with your eyes. In case of direct contact, wash your eyes with water and seek immediate medical attention.
  • Do not use ointment for more than the prescribed period as extended or recurrent use may increase the risk of developing contact sensitisation.
  • Discontinue the use of ointment and consult your doctor if you experience severe skin irritation or if infection persists or increases.
  • Avoid application of sodium fusidate ointment on breast before breastfeeding. 
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding. 
  • Do not use if you are allergic to sodium fusidate or any of its ingredients.

Frequently asked questions

Sodium Fusidate Topical

Q. Is fusidic acid and sodium fusidate same?
Sodium fusidate is a salt of fusidic acid, used topically to treat skin infections.

Q. Is sodium fusidate a penicillin/antibiotic/steroid?
 It is a steroidal antibiotic.
Q. Is fusidic acid good for acne/ spots/ cold sores/ thrush/ boils/ impetigo/ ringworm infections/ athlete’s foot/ redness/ herpes infection?
Sodium fusidate is used to treat skin infections like impetigo, infected dermatitis and infected cuts and grazes. It can also be used as an adjuvant therapy in acne. It is not indicated in the treatment of athlete’s foot, ringworm infections, thrush or herpes infections.

Content on this page was last updated on 15 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)