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Doctor insights on: Hydrocortisone Uses

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How long can you use hydrocortisone on face ?

How long can you use hydrocortisone on face ?

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

Dr. Tony Willson
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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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It is okay to use hydrocortisone once a day for a month?

It is okay to use hydrocortisone once a day for a month?

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

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Can you use hydrocortisone on vaginal tissue?

Can you use hydrocortisone on vaginal tissue?

Consider other: Sparingly, towards the outside, and only a very weak preparation, say 1% cream. But I'd recommend a good examination (and culture) by your gyne to determine the cause of your discomfort. ...Read more

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Is hydrocortisone safe to use on the anal area?

Is hydrocortisone safe to use on the anal area?

With a : Doctors supervision, short term use of Hydrocortisone is safe. Prolonged use topically can lead to thinning of the skin and risk of increased inflammation or infection. Check with your doctor before using especially if it was prescribed for another condition. ...Read more

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Is it advisable to use hydrocortisone oint., 2, 5% for healing skin?

Is it advisable to use hydrocortisone oint., 2, 5% for healing skin?

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

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I use hydrocortisone almost every day, Is itching a normal side effect?

I use hydrocortisone almost every day, Is itching a normal side effect?

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

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What can I do about my atopic eczema? I use hydrocortisone but it seems not strong enough.

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

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