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A 27-year-old male asked:

whate is differance between dexamethasone and hydrocortisone?

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Steroids: Steroids come in many different chemical formulations. All bind to the steroid receptor inside cells and all cause the same anti-inflamatory effects; but some are more potent than others.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

I have a sunburn from vacation. How long to keep using hydrocortisone?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology 23 years experience
Ibuprofen and aloe: If sunburn is mild and focal, Hydrocortisone twice daily for a week can help. I find that Ibuprofen orally 4 times a day, and frequent application of aloe containing lotion has best efficacy. If more severe, your doctor may add a prescription strength topical steroid and/or silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) to opened areas.
A 44-year-old member asked:

If I go get some hydrocortisone cream 1.0% will there be any side effects?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes, possibly: All medications have side effects. You don't necessarily get them all or even any. Hydrocortisone cream is a steroid - which has many potential side effects. But if you need it, you need it. Doctors always weight the benefits to the potential harm of any treatment. Steroid creams can cause thinning of skin, localized bleeding, increased risk of infection, & increased blood sugar among others.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for cortizone (hydrocortisone) overdose?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Slowly back down: If a person has been using high dose or long term oral or injectable steroids (cortisone) then it is crucial to gradually taper the dose to prevent what is called adrenal insufficiency. It a very large dose of steroid causes the adrenal gland to stop producing steroid, the rapid withdrawal can lead to severe symptoms including death. Gradually taper steroids if had high dose or long term use.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Where online can I get hydrocortisone tablets without a prior prescription?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Not a good idea: Buying medicines online from unknown anonymous vendors is a dangerous practice. Obtaining and using prescription medications without a prescription is dangerous and probably illegal in most states. If one is attempting this purchase over the internet this may violate federal laws.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Does hydrocortisone on a post op wound make it worse?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. David Shulan
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
It slows healing: Steroids can slow wound healing.

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