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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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Are hydrocortisone suppositories any help for external hemorrhoids? Any OTC products that help?

Are hydrocortisone suppositories any help for external hemorrhoids? Any OTC products that help?

Depends: For mild case, Prep H (at least at one time the most shoplifted item) may work. See your doctor if there the problem persists since not all hemorrhoids are created equal. Be sure to eat enough fiber in the diet to avoid constipation- a risk factor for hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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What are my options for treating hemorrhoids? Already tried a 5 day supply of hydrocortisone suppositories. Do I maybe just need them treated longer?

What are my options for treating hemorrhoids? Already tried a 5 day supply of hydrocortisone suppositories. Do I maybe just need them treated longer?

Sitz baths: Sitz baths at least twice a day will definitely help. Stay on a high fiber diet, drink plenty of fluids, use very soft toilet paper and start a stool softener. If you are not better within 2 weeks, see a gastroenterologist or a colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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What's the difference between proctozone 2.5% cream and hydrocortisone 2.5% cream? Which is better for hemorrhoids?

What's the difference between proctozone 2.5% cream and hydrocortisone 2.5% cream? Which is better for hemorrhoids?

Not much difference: The active ingredient, hydrocortisone, is the same. Proctozone is made in such a way that it is more helpful for hemorrhoids. Still, Hydrocortisone cream will help too. ...Read more

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I got external hemorrhoids removed yesterday. Now that is itchy. Can I use hydrocortisone cream there?

I got external hemorrhoids removed yesterday. Now that is itchy. Can I use hydrocortisone cream there?

Yes: Very common to have itching and ok to use topical Hydrocort cream. Just be sure to apply GENTLY. Hope this helps. Best of luck with this issue and thanks for using Healthtap. Dr R ...Read more

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Is it safe to use hydrocortisone 1% on the anus once - twice daily? Without weakening/thinning skin? I have hemorrhoids

Is it safe to use hydrocortisone 1% on the anus once - twice daily? Without weakening/thinning skin? I have hemorrhoids

I would not: That's for external usage. Anoderm and hemorrhoids are not exactly external. And chronic usage can thin out the skin. Use a prep for hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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I accidentally used Phenylephrine HCL 0.25% Hemorrhoid gel on my back (instead of hydrocortisone 1%). Should I be alarmed? I'm 5 months pregnant.

I accidentally used Phenylephrine HCL 0.25% Hemorrhoid gel on my back (instead of hydrocortisone 1%). Should I be alarmed? I'm 5 months pregnant.

Should be fine: You should be fine, but you should check with the pharmacist or your OB doc to be sure. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have hydrocortisone cream 1% for my hands cracked skin. Can I also use it for ext. Hemorrhoids?

I have hydrocortisone cream 1% for my hands cracked skin. Can I also use it for ext. Hemorrhoids?

Hydrocortisone: Yes, but limited use--1-3 days only in body fold area. Cracked hands are better treated with heavy moisture and use cortisone only for itch. Hemorrhoids can improved with cortisone, but in occluded areas--anus--cortisones could induce atrophy if used too long. Best limit it to occasional use and for 1-3 days at a time. ...Read more

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I have been dealing with an itchy anus for two months now. I've tried gentle cleaning, witch hazel, and hydrocortisone cream, bu it still itches after I go poo. What could be the cause? I don' have hemorrhoids by the way

I have been dealing with an itchy anus for two months now. I've tried gentle cleaning, witch hazel, and hydrocortisone cream, bu it still itches after I go poo. What could be the cause? I don' have hemorrhoids by the way

THe most: Common cause of anal itching especially if it wakes you from your sleep is caffeine followed by excess perspiration. Do not use witch hazel! cut out all caffeine and use corn starch powder on your bottom when getting dressed and whenever you feel dampness or itching in that area. Avoid petroleum based creams of any kind. ...Read more

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Dr said I have hemorrhoid& gave me docusate&hydrocortisone cream. Looks like a skin tag w/a blood vessel. Will it ever go away &look Normal? I'm sad

Dr said I have hemorrhoid& gave me docusate&hydrocortisone cream. Looks like a skin tag w/a blood vessel. Will it ever go away &look Normal? I'm sad

Maybe not. No worry: It's possible a small skin tag will persist. With luck, this will be the worst blemish on your overall beauty. ...Read more

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Have fissure and Tight Anus after applying Hydrocortisone and lidocaine Topical, I get incontinence, mucus discharge from anus, hemorrhoids, TREATMENT?

Have fissure and Tight Anus after applying Hydrocortisone and lidocaine Topical, I get incontinence, mucus discharge from anus, hemorrhoids, TREATMENT?

A proctologist: Is whom you need to see, you may need more than just topical therapy, a good exam by an experienced surgeon / proctologist is your best option, good luck ...Read more

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I am 25 weeks pregnant and had 3 thrombosed hemorrhoids lanced more than 24 hours ago. I've done sitz baths, cooling packs & hydrocortisone/lidocaine cream; the pain is still awful. What should I do?

Recheck: Hate to say it, but if same pain in same spot, may have closed and clot still there, or incision did not get it all, or due to another issue. Needs rechecked. ...Read more

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Can hydrocortisone valerate be used to relieve pain caused by hemroids? ?

Can hydrocortisone valerate be used to relieve pain caused by hemroids? ?

It can help: Due to its antiinflammatory properties. Anusol has a topical anesthetic and is usually for the gums and in combo may add some additional relief. Oral pain meds, aleve or ibuprofin are also winners. Consider MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) to prevent constipation which always makes hemmorroids worse. Goog ole preperation h is a good, inexpensive combination. ...Read more

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Had hemmoroid for 2 yrs. Doc the other day gave me suppositories & hydrocortisone cream. It still hurts & bleeds. How long will it take to work?

Liquid diet: A few days of soup and a Liquid diet, no dairies, no fried or oily foods. These would help with the suppositories
and topicals. ...Read more

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I just gave birth 2wks ago and have a hemerrhoid. Doing the sitz bath and hydrocortisone but what else can I do to help alleviate it? Just wait?

If no pain also high: As long as you do not have pain and your bowel movements are regular and soft and you stay on a high fiber diet you can waiti. ...Read more

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Relapsed painful ext haemoroids after 5 yrs with mild prostatitis symptoms, blackish stools, swollen urethra tip. 3 w antibiotics and hydrocortisone?

Relapsed painful ext haemoroids after 5 yrs with mild prostatitis symptoms, blackish stools, swollen urethra tip. 3 w antibiotics and hydrocortisone?

No specific question: Please provide a specific question, you have multiple problems, and I wish you get well soon, you need to keep a close follow up with your regular doctor, good luck ...Read more

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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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What could be the effects of using hydrocortisone on a boil?

What could be the effects of using hydrocortisone on a boil?

Reduce inflammation: Over the counter hydrocortisone will perhaps reduce the redness and tenderness of a boil but it is no substitution for treatment. You cannot dismiss a staph infection. Most "boils" should be lanced under sterile technique. ...Read more

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What is hydrocortisone butyrate for?

Corticosteroid: It is a medium-strength corticosteroid cream, ointment, and lotion, used to treat medium-strength inflammatory rashes. ...Read more

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What's hydrocortisone butyrate used for?

What's hydrocortisone butyrate used for?

Reduce inflammation: Hydro-cortisone is used very commonly as an anti-inflammatory medication in status asthmaticus, a condition of prolonged acute attack of wheezing in patients whit asthma. It is also used to reduce inflammation inside joint spaces etc as an anti-inflammatory and immuno-supressive agent. Other rare uses include treatment of septic shock and in thyroid storm. ...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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