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Dr. Tony Willson
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Hydrocortisone (Overview)

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 less potent than cortisone.


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What is hydrocortisone used for?

What is hydrocortisone used for?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Tony Willson
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Hydrocortisone (Overview)

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 less potent than cortisone.


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Please describe the medication: hydrocortisone?

Please describe the medication: hydrocortisone?

Anti-inflammatory: 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 less potent than cortisone. ...Read more

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Dermatologist prescribe for one week child 0.1%hydrocortisone cream , can we dilute this cream?

Dermatologist prescribe for one week child 0.1%hydrocortisone cream , can we dilute this cream?

Will it even work?: Hydrocortisone is the weakest of all topical corticosteroid agents. It is sold over-the-counter in concentrations 5 to 10 times the potency of the prescription given to your child. I have never heard of a potency so very weak & have to wonder if it will work at all. If you think it still too strong you should try alternative medications first. But your concern may be groundless. ...Read more

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Way to prevent or heal skin thinning? My 7 weeks old baby was prescribed hydrocortisone 1% for a skin condition on her face. Is this irreversible?

Way to prevent or heal skin thinning? My 7 weeks old baby was prescribed hydrocortisone 1% for a skin condition on her face. Is this irreversible?

Hydrocortisone: Personally I do not like to use steroids on a young infant's face unless absolutely necessary. The effects are not irreversible. Use warm water and aquaphor. In time the skin will replenish and become normal appearing again. ...Read more

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It is okay to use hydrocortisone once a day for a month?

It is okay to use hydrocortisone once a day for a month?

Oral??: If you're taking Hydrocortisone orally, why? Depending on the dose, you can't just stop it in a month else you could develop an adrenal crisis. If it is in cream or ointment form, how extensively are you using it, how many times/day, locations of application? It is possible to suppress adrenal glands even with topical steroids depending on how much is absorbed. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I accidentally used hydrocortisone to clean my teeth. Will anything bad happen?

I accidentally used hydrocortisone to clean my teeth. Will anything bad happen?

No: Not on a one-time basis. I assume you are talking about ointment or creme. ...Read more

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Is hydrocortisone cream effective in treating eczema in babies?

Is hydrocortisone cream effective in treating eczema in babies?

Yes : The otc 1% is safe for short term use. ...Read more

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I have a rash on my skin, what are the best methods to treating it? I've tried hydrocortisone even medication from a dermotologist. Nothing works

I have a rash on my skin, what are the best methods to treating it? I've tried hydrocortisone even medication from a dermotologist. Nothing works

More details: Saying you have a rash is likely asking for the name of a 4-legged furry animal without any further details. You need to see your dermatologist who may consider doing a skin biopsy to find out the cause. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use hydrocortisone cream on broken skin?

Is it safe to use hydrocortisone cream on broken skin?

Best not to: First, steroid creams are not antibacterial; they are anti-inflammatory, used for itching, rashes, etc. Broken skin needs to heal, & steroids delay or prevent the healing process. ...Read more

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Hydrocortisone creams and ointments, available in prescription and over-the-counter strengths, can help with a ...Read more


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