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Can you tell me about it's like to use a hydrocortisone pill, spray or lotion for allergies?

Can you tell me about it's like to use a hydrocortisone pill, spray or lotion for allergies?

Hydrocortisone: Hydrocortisone is a steroid which is available over the counter in topical preparations like creams, ointments, and sprays. For rashes and hives, these topical preparations are fairly effective in helping the itch. Oral hydrocortisone is not available OTC and needs to be prescribed by a health care provider. It is not a first choice for allergies - try an oral antihistamine first. ...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 ok to spray cortaid (hydrocortisone) on the genitals after shaving?

Is it ok to spray cortaid (hydrocortisone) on the genitals after shaving?

I wouldn't : Cortaid (hydrocortisone) is a steroid & will weaken the skin with too much exposure (skin can become more sensitive, dry, tear easily, discoloration, etc) and can also make you more prone to infection including some stds. If you are itchy or irritated after shaving, your skin may be too dry (use moisturizer 6-8 hrs before shaving), razor too dull, or other irritants. Can also try switching to clippers for a while. ...Read more

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Is it safe to spray your whole body with hydrocortisone for all over body itching?

Is it safe to spray your whole body with hydrocortisone for all over body itching?

Pruritus: The sensation of pruritus may become so severe that it may feel as if you need to constantly scratch to seek relief. There are dozens of conditions that can cause pruritus: medications, anemia, thyroid disease, liver disease, kidney disease, allergies, eczema, infections and infestation. Before you try treatment find the cause of your pruritus. ...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 is the hydrocortisone cream ?

See below: A cream that contains hydrocortisone- a topical corticosteroid which can reduce inflammatrion and itching. ...Read more

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Why is hydrocortisone given for chest pain?

Why is hydrocortisone given for chest pain?

Probably not: Chest pain is a symptom of many diseases. Hydrocortisone per se is not given for treatment of chest pain. It may be given for COPD or asthma exacerbation which may cause some chest discomfort. ...Read more

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