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How long does it take for cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream take to relieve itch?

How long does it take for cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream take to relieve itch?

Day or so: Cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream like all corticosteroids to become effective needs to be transported into the cytoplasm of the cell where it binds the steroid receptor. This is transported into nucleus and binds to another receptor. This affects mrna which then makes specific proteins. These proteins affect inflammatory mediators that leads to symptom improvement. This process takes 6-8 hours. ...Read more

Dr. Tony Willson
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Hydrocortisone (Definition)

Cortisone is a naturally produced hormone in the body, produced by the adrenal glands. It is often used as a potent medication for inflammatory disease. In serious cases, it is a "wonder" drug, and can be life saving. However, long and continuous use can cause many serious and uncomfortable side effects. Hydrocortisone is a topical skin variety and much ...Read more


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Can you overdose on cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream on your skin?

Can you overdose on cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream on your skin?

Yes: While the typical otc Hydrocortisone creams are usually 1/2 %, no more than 1% it is still possible to develop side effects with overuse with them. The good news is that you really have to overuse them to be at risk. So, if what you are treating does not get better with a week or so of use per the package instructions then you really need to have a doctor examine your condition. ...Read more

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Can I put cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream on my TB shot. It's really itching me.

Can I put cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream on my TB shot. It's really itching me.

Yes: Be sure to follow up with the doctor on the significance of the positive TB test as well. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to get a cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream while breastfeeding?

Should be...: Very little cortisone from cream on your skin gets into milk. Moms applying cream to their breasts should wipe it off before the next feeding. ...Read more

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Is using cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream for pimples on shoulders and neck a bad idea?

Is using cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream for pimples on shoulders and neck a bad idea?

Cortisone for acne: It's ok to use occasionally, but don't start using it regularly. Cortisone is a topical steroid cream and over time it will worsen acne, thin the skin and cause other problems. It's great at getting inflammation under control quickly, but over the long term it is more detrimental than beneficial. Save it for emergencies, like the big zit on the end of your nose that appears before a big event. ...Read more

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Went to a doctor for anal irritation. She found 2 tiny paper cuts in anal area why didn't she test for herpes? She gave me cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream

Went to a doctor for anal irritation. She found 2 tiny paper cuts in anal area why didn't she test for herpes? She gave me cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream

Unlikely herpes: The presence of "paper cuts" aroiund the anus is called fissuring. It is very common and ususally associated with hard bowel movements. The treatment is to take fiber and avoid constipation to allow for it to heal. The use of muscle relaxant creams like nifedipine or nitroglycerine can be helpful. Cortisone is actually counterproductive.
Herpes looks like small blistered areas, maybe crusted over. ...Read more

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I did a 30% glycolic acid peel a month ago and still have a very red sensitive patch on my cheek from it, tried cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream coconut oil and other?

I did a 30% glycolic acid peel a month ago and still have a very red sensitive patch on my cheek from it, tried cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream coconut oil and other?

This may be a burn: You may have removed too many layers of skin in this particular area. I suggest avoiding cortisone as this may delay healing. Topical Bacitracin might help and covering with a bandage if possible. If this does not help you should see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What works better than calamine lotion or cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream for poison ivy rashes?

What works better than calamine lotion or cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream for poison ivy rashes?

Poison ivy: Poison ivy oil produces a severe from of irritation on the skin that needs aggressive treatment to control its symptoms. High-potency steroid creams are often prescribed.
The worst forms, especially involving large areas of skin, need oral steroids. ...Read more

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I have developed a skin rash all up my arms & stomach-only. I've tried cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream. What is it?

I have developed a skin rash all up my arms & stomach-only. I've tried cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream. What is it?

Rash: Skin rashes really need to be seen by a doctor to get a firm diagnosis and treatment plan. If otc 1% Hydrocortisone didn't help it would be best to see your friendly doctor. ...Read more

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Rash started about 3mos ago. Dr thought ringworm. Tried antifungal cream, then cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream. Spread on legs and now ab & butt. No itch or flakes?

Rash started about 3mos ago. Dr thought ringworm. Tried antifungal cream, then cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream. Spread on legs and now ab & butt. No itch or flakes?

Rash: If this has not responded to therapy it needs to be seen by a dermatologist and perhaps biopsied. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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I'm 26 weeks pregnant, I broke out in hives last week, will a lot of benedryl/ zyrtec and cortizone (hydrocortisone) creams affect my unborn baby? My hives burn...

I'm 26 weeks pregnant, I broke out in hives last week, will a lot of benedryl/ zyrtec and cortizone (hydrocortisone) creams affect my unborn baby? My hives burn...

Probably not: Zyrtec is a class b (very safe), Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is category c (safe). Odds are that your baby will be fine. However, simple hives usually itch, not burn. If you need to use a lot of medication without getting adequate relief, go see your obstetrician and/or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I work at a bar and my hands are now splitting and bleeding and always being itchy and raw. I use cortizone (hydrocortisone) and cream for dry hands. Nothing works?

I work at a bar and my hands are now splitting and bleeding and always being itchy and raw. I use cortizone (hydrocortisone) and cream for dry hands. Nothing works?

Hands: Hand dermatitis is made worse by frequent washing. A shea butter moisturizer such as lipikar by la roche posay, used after hand washing and towel drying is often helpful. In more severe cases of itchy red rash, prescription corticosteroid cream may be recommended by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can using too much cortizone (hydrocortisone) 10 cream OTC cause similar side effects as using systematic steroids... Excessive hunger, urination & weight gain?

Can using too much cortizone (hydrocortisone) 10 cream OTC cause similar side effects as using systematic steroids... Excessive hunger, urination & weight gain?

Unlikely: It is very unlikely that one could absorb enough cortisone with over-the-counter cortisone creams to cause any significant systemic effects. However, this can occur with much more potent prescription steroid creams. ...Read more

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Can hydrocortisone cream clear up my spot?

Spot treatment: If you mean by spot acne, no it does not. Hydrocortisone treats inflammation such as eczema and contact allergy, etc among others. ...Read more

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What are hydrocortisone cream side effects?

What are hydrocortisone cream side effects?

Side effects: A High potency steroid cream used for long periods of time can cause skin atrophy, hypopgimentaion of skin and hypothalamic-pituitary suppression ...Read more

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Is 2.5% hydrocortisone cream safe for face?

Face and cortisone: Yes, but it is important to not use it as a long term treatment. Very common to use it on face for 1-2 weeks if needed for a dermatitis. ...Read more

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Will hydrocortisone cream make flea bites go away?

Will hydrocortisone cream make flea bites go away?

May: It may hasten the recovery but not making it go away pronto. Nearly all flea bites go away eventually within a couple of weeks without treatment. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would hydrocortisone cream %1 stunt my growth?

Hi docs, would hydrocortisone cream %1 stunt my growth?

Steroids and growth: Steroids used internally, in either the inhaled or oral forms, can affect growth. The degree of growth suppression depends on how high the dose is and for how long it is used. Low potency steroids such as Hydrocortisone cream, when applied topically in the usual manner, are unlikely to have much effect on growth. ...Read more

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Can otc hydrocortisone cream be used by a 1-year-old boy?

Yes: What is the problem. If it is eczema or other rash you need to find the cause. If it is a diaper rash that could be yeast cortisone alone may aggravate ...Read more

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Is hydrocortisone cream carcinogenic with long term use??

Is hydrocortisone cream carcinogenic with long term use??

No: However, overuse on the skin can lead to thinning of the layers of cells at the site and breakdown of the surface. Any med strong enough to do some good will have some potential side effects. ...Read more

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Which is more "hypoallergenic" hydrocortisone cream or ointment?

Which is more "hypoallergenic" hydrocortisone cream or ointment?

It depends: Ointments often use a petrolatum base like vaseline and can enhance potency, provide more lubrication and occlusion. Creams are usually mixes of water suspended in oil.

Only about 3% are allergic to topical steroids. Check the inert ingredients listed on the product Propylene glycol, sorbitan sesquioleate, isothiozolinones, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, frangrances can be allergenic. ...Read more

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Can hydrocortisone cream be applied to the anus to treat an itch?

Can hydrocortisone cream be applied to the anus to treat an itch?

Yes: however, if your symptoms do not resolve after 2 wks, I would see your Dr to determine the cause. There are several causes: hemorrhoids, pinworms etc. Hydrocortisone may help the itch, but not treat the cause! ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What are the long term affects of using mild hydrocortisone cream on face?

What are the long term affects of using mild hydrocortisone cream on face?

Steroids on the face: Topical steroid use on the face can be associated with scarring and discoloration. Hydrocortisone is a low potency steroid which is safe to use sparingly for short periods of time. ...Read more

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What is the hydrocortisone cream?

See below: A cream that contains hydrocortisone- a topical corticosteroid which can reduce inflammatrion and itching. ...Read more

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