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Oral??: If you're taking Hydrocortisone orally, why? Depending on the dose, you can't just stop it in a month else you could develop an adrenal crisis. If it is in cream or ointment form, how extensively are you using it, how many times/day, locations of application? It is possible to suppress adrenal glands even with topical steroids depending on how much is absorbed. Please discuss with your doctor. ...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
7 days max: Never use steroids on face, neck or mucus membranes, for more than 7 days without medical supervision, to prevent side effects like steroid-induced acne. Once the condition responds to treatment stop. If it worsens or is not better in 7 days, see a doc. 10 days is the max length on other parts of the body. ...Read more
Antihealing: As injured skin heals, the body creates inflammation to do so which means fresh blood goes to the area and with it, many kinds of healing factors and cells. That drug is an antiinflammatory and so it will slow down the healing of an open skin injury. For rashes that itch, it is a good idea, for open wounds, no!, intact skin needs to have good protective skin cream applied daily and as needed. ...Read more
Possible but: If you are using HC cream to control an itchy condition, then the cream may just not be potent enough. On the other hand, allergy to one of the ingredients in hydrocortisone cream can perpetuate or even worsen the itching. Have you try the ointment form? See a dermatologist if this is a persistent and bothersome issue. ...Read more
Eczema: Moisturizing creams are the mainstay of treating eczema. Hydrocortisone ointment may be used on the lips and other parts of the body. There are more potent steroid ointments available by prescription from your doctor. Another class of treatment are called topical calcineurin inhibitors (pimecrolimus and tacrolimus ) are available for patients older than 2 years by prescription, applied 2x a day. ...Read more
I have eczema and I've been using hydrocortisone from time to time whenever I needed to. How often or how long is it okay to use hydrocortisone?
Eczema care: Get cerave or cristco shortening and long rolls of gauze. Lather up the ghoo on the skin and wrap it lightly overnight and do it nightly until the skin is well moisturized and then apply the moisturizer daily twice a day especially after a shower and don't use hot water when you shower. ...Read more
Use caution: There is a risk for developing cataracts when using steroid creams in or around the eyes. Also, they will cause thinning of the skin with prolonged use (skin around the eyes is very thin to begin with!). Hydrocortisone is a very mild steroid, and may sometimes be used, but often doctors will use other medications to prevent these effects. Talk with your doc before using any med around your eyes. ...Read more
They can't find a cause for my itching i was told its in my head, even if that is true i'm still itching! is it safe to use hydrocortisone all over?
Itch without rashes: It looks like you have chronic pruritis without a specific skin disease. Make sure you see a doctor and that you don't have chronic liver/kidney/thyroid diseases and other etiologies that may cause itch like hiv, tumors, lymphomas, polycythemia... Topical steroid only helps if you have skin rashes due to inflammation. Moisturizer, capsaicin and otc allergy meds may help. Treatments may vary. ...Read more
Yes.: One should be careful to avoid the eyes. ...Read more
Rash: Depending where it is, some areas are more sensitive than others and on the long run it may cause skin thinning. ...Read more
Is it safe to use hydrocortisone 1% on the anus once - twice daily? Without weakening/thinning skin?
No more than 5-7: after which your symptoms should be gone: I also recommend sitz baths 3-4 times daily with 1-2 lbs of epsom salts in 4-8 inches of warm water for 10-15 minutes. ...Read more
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