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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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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 using a 1% OTC hydrocortisone cream everyday one time per day be dangerous?

Can using a 1% OTC hydrocortisone cream everyday one time per day be dangerous?

Not really.: Chronic use of any tolical asteroids can thin skin and increase capilerization. This takes a while with non-fluorinated steroids, but is much more common with the fluorinated version. What rheumatology problem or dermatology problem are you treating? See your pcp or specialist to find out if is a better way! ...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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My 4 month son having eczema gp prescribed fatty cream and hydrocortisone cream till when i used hydrocortisone it healed after stopping flair up agai?

Pretty common.: Fatty (moisturizing) cream must be applied often, and also you may need to change the baby's feeding if he is on formula, to hypoallergenic formula, or if breast fed, adjust your own diet. ...Read more

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My face skin is dry and itchy sometimes,can i use hydrocortisone cream into my face? Thanks

My face skin is dry and itchy sometimes,can i use hydrocortisone cream into my face? Thanks

Skin Itch on Face: I do not recommend using a steroid cream on your face. Consider instead applying your favorite moisturizer directly after washing your face to seal in the moisture. ...Read more

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I've used hydrocortisone cream no change it changes as in clumps up in spots but stays in the form of ring. It's not ringworm. What else could it be?

I've used hydrocortisone cream no change it changes as in clumps up in spots but stays in the form of ring. It's not ringworm. What else could it be?

See the pediatrician: The image is too small to see what you're referring to. Eczema and other skin conditions can sometimes resemble ringworm. Hydrocortisone cream may partially improve the inflammation or redness associated with ringworm, but it won't treat it or make it go away...only an anti-fungal cream will treat ringworm. You should follow up with a pediatrician who can examine your child & advise treatment. ...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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Would using hydrocortisone cream work on a morbilliform skin rash caused by having mono and taking amoxicillin?

Would using hydrocortisone cream work on a morbilliform skin  rash caused by having mono and taking amoxicillin?

Unlikely to help: The rash is due to factors that circulate in the blood & effect their cosmetic changes (rash) beneath the skin surface. No externally applied cream or medication will make any difference in the timing of its disappearance. ...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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How long will an allergic reaction to duac last. The red sand paper like rash is on my face. I am using a 0.5% hydrocortisone cream. Thank you?

How long will an allergic reaction to duac last. The red sand paper like rash is on my face. I am using a 0.5% hydrocortisone cream. Thank you?

Duac Side Effects: Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: severe redness, burning, stinging, or peeling of treated skin areas; or diarrhea that is watery or bloody less serious side effects may include: mild burning or stinging itching or tingly feeling dryness or peeling of treated skin; or redness or other irritation most rashes last 10-14 days with rx. ...Read more

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Topical Steroid (Definition)

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


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Cortizone (Definition)

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