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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
Hydrocortisone is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It is involved in many processes such as the metabolism of energy, fats, and proteins, and in electrolyte ("mineral") balance. It is an anti-inflammatory, which is usually why it is given. It can be taken as a skin cream, as pills, or even iv. It is important to know that this form of steroid is not the same as ...Read more
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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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No: You need to see a dr to he an rx. ...Read more
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
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
Does work for some!: Works ok. Does not hurt, unless a sensitivity exist to other ingredients. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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