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What is hydrocortisone used for?

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Rashes and itching: It's a topical otc steroid (weakest strength) that's used for inflammation of the skin, itchy rashes, sunburns, allergic reactions. Since it's very weak usually does not work very well. Most people with rashes will need to see a doctor for a stronger prescription strength topical steroid.
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Inflammation: Hydrocortisone can be used topically for itching, rash, etc. It can also be used by injection to treat systemic inflammation like in cases of auto immune diseases. Derivatives of Hydrocortisone like Prednisone can be used orally to treat conditions from asthma & COPD to systemic inflammatory conditions.

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