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Doctor insights on: Hydrocortisone Creams Risks

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What is the hydrocortisone cream?

What is the hydrocortisone cream?

See below: A cream that contains hydrocortisone- a topical corticosteroid which can reduce inflammatrion and itching. ...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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Is it normal to get white patches from hydrocortisone cream?

Is it normal to get white patches from hydrocortisone cream?

Possible: It is possible for topical steroids to lighten one's skin. Typically this is associated with higher potency topical steroids that have been used for an extended period of time. ...Read more

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Is it okay to put hydrocortisone cream over premethalin cream?

? Permethrin: did you mean permethrin rather than premethalin! , well I don't see a necessity, unless you feel the irritation sometimes felt after applying the permethrin, you can still wash with soap and water, applying hydrocortisone wouldn't harm ...Read more

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Can hydrocortisone 0%5 cream treat irrattion from smegma or something else?

Can hydrocortisone 0%5 cream treat irrattion from smegma or something else?

Possible but: You may have infection of fore skin (balanitis) then steroid cream is not the right one. See your Make sure you are not diabetic, diabetes some times present as fore skin infections. ...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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Does hydrocortisone cream expire at the beginning of the month or the end of the month?

Expiry date: Please check the expiry date posted on the label, carton, or bottle. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Recently, I have put hydrocortisone cream on it but it's not helpingi think I need to cover it with something. But what?

Recently, I have put hydrocortisone cream on it but it's not helpingi think I need to cover it with something. But what?

Identify cause first: Before attempting to cover hydrocortisone cream with an occlusive dressing to make it more potent, it would be important to first identify the cause of the rash. A dermatologist or allergist can assist in the diagnosis. Some conditions (fungal infections) can worsen with treatment with steroid creams/ointments. ...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 hydrocortisone cream 1.0% will there be any side effects?

If I go get some hydrocortisone 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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