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I'm looking for info for a friend on whether cortaid (hydrocortisone) cream helps herpes symptoms?

I'm looking for info for a friend on whether cortaid (hydrocortisone) cream helps herpes symptoms?

Not for herpes!: Cortaid (hydrocortisone) is a steroid, which relieves allergic reactions and some kinds of itching, but should not be used on an infection, because steroids weaken the immune system. Putting Cortaid (hydrocortisone) on a herpes outbreak can make the outbreak spread. Abreva is an otc anti-herpes product which can safely provide pain relief and may lessen the intensity of an outbreak (sold for mouth, but okay for genital hsv too). ...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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What works better than calamine lotion or cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream for poison ivy rashes?

What works better than calamine lotion or cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream for poison ivy rashes?

Poison ivy: Poison ivy oil produces a severe from of irritation on the skin that needs aggressive treatment to control its symptoms. High-potency steroid creams are often prescribed. The worst forms, especially involving large areas of skin, need oral steroids. ...Read more

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Is cortizone (hydrocortisone) creme as effective as cortizone (hydrocortisone) injections? Please advise!

Is cortizone (hydrocortisone) creme as effective as cortizone (hydrocortisone) injections? Please advise!

No: Cortisone cream is not as strong as cortisone injections, but it is safer. The reason we use creams instead of giving everyone cortisone pills or shots is that they do not cause steroid related side effects as often or as severely. Side effects form cortisone shots can include weight gain, increased appetite, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, effects on bone health, and increased blood sugar. ...Read more

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Does Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) Lipocream help with pain?

Does Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) Lipocream help with pain?

Helps inflammation: Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) and other topical steroids will help with inflammation in the skin. They are not analgesics (pain relievers). However, when the inflammation is alleviated, the pain will also improve. ...Read more

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Please provide info on brachioplasty?

Please provide info on brachioplasty?

See the answer : Brachioplasty is a great procedure for patients whose upper arms are flapping as in someone who had bariatric surgery or just lost a lot of weight. In most cases the incision runs on the inner arm from the armpit to near the elbow. Good luck from nyc. ...Read more

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Do you recommend Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) Lipocream for eczema?

Do you recommend Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) Lipocream for eczema?

Yes: Well, no. I recommend Hydrocortisone 0.5 to 1% creams purchased otc but i tell folks to choose generic brands for cost. This is the weakest strength of any steroid cream. There are clearly times when it will not be sufficiently potent to treat a flare of eczema. On the other other hand i would not recommend stronger corticosteroids for the face. ...Read more

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Hydrocortisone acetate cream 1% effectiveness for rashes?

Hydrocortisone acetate cream 1% effectiveness for rashes?

1% Hydrocortisone cr: 1% Hydrocortisone is usually okay for rashes . Some rashes like eczema will not repond as well at times and will need stonger steroid cream. ...Read more

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Is Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) Lipocream smart to use on an allergic rash?

Is Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) Lipocream smart to use on an allergic rash?

Depends on cause: Knowing the cause of rash is helpful in determining if the Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) will help. Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) and other topical steroids are good for non-infectious inflammatory disorders of the skin like eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and allergic contact dermatitis. However, fungal and bacterial skin infections will do worse with topical steroids. See a doctor if it does not improve. ...Read more

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Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) lotion, does it work for big bites?

Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) lotion, does it work for big bites?

It should: Arthropod (bug) bites respond over time to topical steroids. Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) is a brand of one such type of topical steroid. Usually twice a day for a week or less is enough. Be sure to see a doc if redness, pain, swelling worsen rather than improve. ...Read more

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What's your experience with locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) ointment? How does it compare to other steroid creams?

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

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Can you use cortizone (hydrocortisone) 10 plus, or anti itch cream for jock itch?

Can you use cortizone (hydrocortisone) 10 plus, or anti itch cream for jock itch?

Yes you can: Only if the other cream is antifungal cream as jock itch is caused by a fungal infection you can use cotizone cream to stop the itch as long as you use it with antifungal cream. ...Read more

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Info on procaine plz?

Info on procaine plz?

Local Anesthetic: Some people called it novocain, (procaine) can be use topical or as an injection to cause numbness of the area to be treated. ...Read more

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Please confirm 1 % biodyne and hydrocortisone formulation for hemmorhoid supposiories, cream.A?

Please confirm 1 % biodyne and hydrocortisone formulation for hemmorhoid supposiories, cream.A?

Does work for some!: Works ok. Does not hurt, unless a sensitivity exist to other ingredients. ...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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I need info on erythrasma?

I need info on erythrasma?

Erythrasma: This is defined as a bacterial infection that occurs in your skin folds -- more information can be found here: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002441/. ...Read more

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I have 3 creams which one is best for eczema? 1 Nystatin ointment 2 clotrimazole and betamethason dipropionate cream 3 aloe vesta anti fungal ointmen

I have 3 creams which one is best for eczema? 1 Nystatin ointment 2 clotrimazole and betamethason dipropionate cream  3 aloe vesta anti fungal ointmen

Betamethasone: These medicines are for fungus; the clotrimazole/betamethasone mixture will help do to the steroid component, but it should never be applied to areas of thin skin (axillae, groin, face). The clotrimazole component is for fungus, as well as the other ointments you mentioned ...Read more

Dr. Syed H. Sajid
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Dermolate (Definition)

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Cortizone (Definition)

Cortizone is a low strength steroid which is a kind of ...Read more