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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
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
My 2yr old presented with a red raised bite, which appeared to be a mosquito bit 2 nights ago my 2yr old presented with a red raised bite, which appeared to be a mosquito bit 2 nights ago. I have been using benedryl spray, hydrocortisone and kids after bi
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
Is it ok to spray cortaid (hydrocortisone) on the genitals after shaving the pubic hair? I think it'll help me avoid a rash.
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
Groin itch >6 months been to doc 3 times. Tried 4 prescription fungal + cortizone (hydrocortisone). Latest was lotrisone and econazole spray on top now rash appeared. Pleasehlp?
Had (may still have) stomach ulcers, should I use kenalog (triamcinolone) spray (prescribed) or over counter 1% hydrocortisone for leg rashes?
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
Unlikely: Hydrocortisone creams and ointments is a type of steroid that is effective for treating inflammation of the skin related to eczema and other types of skin rashes due to allergy. Black spots on the skin should be evaluated by a dermatologist. There are some dangerous black skin lesions called melanoma which is a type of skin cancer. ...Read more
What type of rash?: That depends on the type and nature of your rash. Most rashes are treated, but not cured by hydrocortisone. If your rash returns, it should be evaluated by a medical specialist like an allergist or dermatologist. Once the rash is identified, more appropriate treatments can be prescribed. ...Read more
No: You could but it would make it worse. You need an antifungal cream. ...Read more
Not sure if this is: True. Actual addiction is a complex process. I am going to guess you mean that your skin condition gets better with steroids and then gets worse when you stop. Depending on your actual diagnosis, this may be true. Steroids sometimes only control and do not cure a skin disease. I suggest you consult with a dermatologist and have him explain your condition. ...Read more