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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Cortaid (Overview)

Cortaid is a low strength steroid which is a kind of topical steroid (skin-related medication).


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Help! I was wondering can cortaid (hydrocortisone) help for dealing with chemical burns?

Help! I was wondering can cortaid (hydrocortisone) help for dealing with chemical burns?

Not initially: Chemical burns are best treated by vigorous irrigation of the are with water. If severe, medical attention should be sought. Acids and alkalies cause different kinds of chemical burn injury. If the burn area is healing, topical steroids, used sparingly, can help with the itching that occurs with healing. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
44 doctors shared insights

Cortaid (Overview)

Cortaid is a low strength steroid which is a kind of topical steroid (skin-related medication).


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Mosquito bite marks - 19 months old baby my 19 month old daughters has mosquito bite marks on her hands. When she gets bitten, there will be a bit of swelling for couple of days and then it ends up in a mark. Though we apply cortaid , she rubs it during t

Mosquito bite marks - 19 months old baby my 19 month old daughters has mosquito bite marks on her hands. When she gets bitten, there will be a bit of swelling for couple of days and then it ends up in a mark. Though we apply cortaid , she rubs it during t

Probably normal: Young children often have exaggerated reactions to mosquito bites, and there really isn't anything to do about them. Minimize the bites by using repellants and/or loose-fitting clothing, and rest assured that these reactions will diminish as she gets older. Your pediatrician can prescribe a cream to help the symptoms go away more quickly when she gets bitten. ...Read more

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Can I use cortaid (hydrocortisone) on my vagina?

Can I use cortaid (hydrocortisone) on my vagina?

Around the opening: It is fine to use steroid creams around the vaginal opening where itching is a problem. ...Read more

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How is cortaid (hydrocortisone) cream used for herpes?

How is cortaid (hydrocortisone) cream used for herpes?

Don't use!: Cortaid (hydrocortisone) should never be used on herpes, and can make the herpes worse! Cortaid (hydrocortisone) is a topical steroid, and steroids weaken the immune system. Herpes is viral infection, and your immune system needs support to fight it off. If it is a milder outbreak, you can try over-the-counter abreva 5 times a day for up to 10 days, but if not improving or if bad outbreak, see your dr for prescription treatment. ...Read more

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Does cortaid (hydrocortisone) only work for helping itch or helps getting rid of ashes also?

Does cortaid (hydrocortisone) only work for helping itch or helps getting rid of ashes also?

It can:: Ash aka "xerosis" can be treated with the following: •creams containing alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids (glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid) •urea-based cream •preparation containing high concentrations of propylene glycol •corticosteroid (cortisone) cream, if the skin is inflamed or very itchy (aka cortaid)-however, a stronger prescription strength may be indicated. See your dr./derm. ...Read more

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Is cortaid (hydrocortisone) cream safe for a skin allergy in a pregnant woman?

Is cortaid (hydrocortisone) cream safe for a skin allergy in a pregnant woman?

Be careful : It seems the systemic absorption is unknown. While it is probably safer in the third trimester, why take a chance? ...Read more

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So my doctor perscribed me hydrocortisone acetate, is acne a side effect?

So my doctor perscribed me hydrocortisone acetate, is acne a side effect?

Maybe: Lpts of people who take cortisne or other similar products usually by mouth at higher doses can get acne as a side effect. It is not very common to get acne from the low concentration topicals prescribed. ...Read more

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Can I use cortaid cream 1% hydrocortisone cream for the itch of a yeast infection? It helped me last time I did it.

Can I use cortaid cream 1% hydrocortisone cream for the itch of a yeast infection?  It helped me last time I did it.

Yes: The Hydrocortisone will help with the itching and irritation, but you will still need to use an anti fungal medication to get rid of the yeast causing the problem. These are available over the counter and work well. ...Read more

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What's hydrocortisone acetate?

What's hydrocortisone acetate?

Mild topical steroid: Hydrocortisone acetate is a mild topical steroid good for treating mild eczema, itchy insect bites and contact dermatitis (think poison ivy). It is generally available over the counter and good for treating mild problems, more severe issues may need a more potent topical steroids that are prescription only. ...Read more

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Is cortaid (hydrocortisone) same as lotrimim?

Is cortaid (hydrocortisone) same as lotrimim?

No: Cortaid (hydrocortisone) is a form of steroid and lotrimin is an antifungal. These are usually in cream form for skin problems but are totally different in effect. ...Read more

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What is the difference betwwen hydrocortisone and hydrocortisone acetate?

What is the difference betwwen hydrocortisone and hydrocortisone acetate?

Base vs attachment: Hydrocortisone is the basic chemical which can be attached to different types of chemical to modify its potency or its affinity (strength of attachment) to different targets. ...Read more

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Hydrocortisone acetate, and stress.?

Hydrocortisone acetate, and stress.?

Stress promotes: Stress increases cortisol level in our body; fear and anger for example are associated with increased heart rate, digestive problems, and increase in sweating. Stress leads to increased Adrenalin response. These changes are mediated in brain through a circuit of brain called limbic system. Continued exposure to stress leads to hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease. ...Read more

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What's hydrocortisone acetate cream?

What's hydrocortisone acetate cream?

Mild topical steroid: Hydrocortisone acetate is a mild topical steroid good for treating mild eczema, itchy insect bites and contact dermatitis (think poison ivy). It is generally available over the counter and good for treating mild problems, more severe issues may need a more potent topical steroids that are prescription only. ...Read more

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What is hydrocortisone acetate cream used for?

Steroid cream: Hydrocortisone cream may be used for a number of skin conditions, such as allergy and rashes. It works by inhibiting the inflammatory response of the body and helps decrease redness and swelling. ...Read more

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Mosquito bite marks - 19 months old baby my 19 month old daughters has mosquito bite marks on her hands. When she gets bitten, there will be a bit of swelling for couple of days and then it ends up in a mark. Though we apply cortaid , she rubs it during t

Probably normal: Young children often have exaggerated reactions to mosquito bites, and there really isn't anything to do about them. Minimize the bites by using repellants and/or loose-fitting clothing, and rest assured that these reactions will diminish as she gets older. Your pediatrician can prescribe a cream to help the symptoms go away more quickly when she gets bitten. ...Read more

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Can you use cortaid (hydrocortisone) on a burn?

Can you use cortaid (hydrocortisone) on a burn?

Probably: It is likely safe but look out for potential infections from the burn. ...Read more

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Does cortaid (hydrocortisone) help with cold sores?

Does cortaid (hydrocortisone) help with cold sores?

No: No, you shouldn't use steroids creams or ointments to treat infections (in this case, herpes infection). They can make the infection worse. ...Read more