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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
What helps the extreme fibro itch? I've tried prescription hydrocortisone 2.5%, eczema lotion, & aveeno oatmeal bath. Help!!!
"fibro- itch"": Sorry- I am not certain what you are referring to. Please clarify your question. Fibromyalgia- is not a itching illness. I suggest OTC antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Zyrtec. I see you are also taking Norco- this can be a narcotic side effect. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Can topical medication (benzoyl peroxide, ceraVe moisturizing lotion, and physical based sunscreen) worsen/cause anxiety or any mental health issues?
No: No, topical medications should not affect mental health, other than improve it when symptoms they are treating are improving. ...Read more
Intense body itching x3 days, no rash. No changes in lotion, soap, conditioner, dryer sheets, etc. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) lasts 2-3 hrs, atarax lasts 4. Ideas!?
Son has eczema around mouth. Once stopping hydrocortisone eczema comes back, even with good moisturiser. Anything to replace hydrocortisone please?
What's your experience with locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) ointment? How does it compare to other steroid creams?
Mid to low potency: Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) is a medium to low potency topical steroid. It is appropriate for mild inflammatory skin conditions like eczema. There are many other steroids in this class. The benefit is that there is very low risk of side effects with Locoid and the other class v (5) medium/low potency topical steriods. You can use them safely in more sensitive skin areas. ...Read more
Prednisone & clindycine with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & cetaphil eczema calming lotion. My face is now scanned over, no more weeping. How long will this last?
Depends: Prednisone will likely control most skin inflammation but may cause serious side effects if taken for a long time. It is also unusual for atopic eczema to involve the face alone. Whether the condition will return or not depends on the actual cause of the disease. If clindamycin is used at low dose regularly as an anti-inflammatory agent , it may well control the disease process. ...Read more
6 mo getting rashes all over. Dermadoc says dermititis from soaps. Nothing helps -even moisturize after shower - h.C. Ointment. Anti-itch meds exist?
Try Sarna Lotion. : This is a very good over-the-counter anti-itch lotion. ...Read more
I am 79 yrs young with a very itchy torso & variable rash - biopsy proved Grovers Disease. Moisturisers & Hydrocortisone cream give temporary relief ?
Severity dictates Tx: Minor outbreaks can be controlled with prescription strength topical cortisone creams. More troubling eruptions usually clear up after taking Accutane or tetracycline pills for one to three months. If these fail or the outbreak is severe, PUVA phototherapy treatments, antifungal pills and cortisone injections are alternatives. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely: In my clinical experience it is highly unlikely, although individual results might vary. It can't hurt to try for a short while, but don't expect a miracle. Further, be aware the otc 'progesterone creams' rarely contain any actual Progesterone (especially the mexican yam extracts, ) and the amount and bioavailability is pretty unreliable - sorry to say. ...Read more
What works better than calamine lotion or cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream for poison ivy rashes?
For poison ivy?: Since it is summer, & guessing by the way you phrase your question, you are asking what is the best way to treat allergic contact dermatitis. Calamine is not harmful, and may reduce the itch somewhat. I haven't found it helpful personally or professionally. Since rhus dermatitis is hypersensitivity, I'd go for topical steroids until the itching stops. Hydrocortisone or a little stronger (not face) ...Read more
Yes: but do note that prolonged use may thin your skin. It is better to try to pinpoint the cause than using a medication to control it. Consider seeing an allergist or dermatologist . ...Read more
"most people who experience chronic cholinergic urticaria experienced a stressful event one year before their first outbreak". Immunology explanation?
Not unnessarily: Cholinergic urticaria happens in some people after the core body temperature rises then cools down. It may happen with stress, exercise, or even after having taken a hot shower. The cause is unknown but it is speculated that this group of people have an overactive cholinergic system. ...Read more
Can i take Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) Lipocream 0.1% for dermatitis and zyrtec for mild itching?
Safe: Those are nice choices, safe in most areas or most all ages. ...Read more