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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

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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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

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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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Can you recommend a good natural treatment for eczema, don't want to use hydrocortisones?

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

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Should I use hydrocortisone around my eyes?

Should I use hydrocortisone around my eyes?

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

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Is it safe for me to use hydrocortisone on a keloid?

Is it safe for me to use hydrocortisone on a keloid?

Safe: There is no contraindication to using Hydrocortisone but topically there is little benefit. Injected kenelog may help. Keloids are difficult to treat. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is it okay to use hydrocortisone cream and nutraderm lotion together?

Is it okay to use hydrocortisone cream and nutraderm lotion together?

Yes, but...: ...the Nutraderm will dilute the hydrocortisone cream. Use the hydrocortisone first, then wait at least half an hour before using the Nutraderm. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use hydrocortisone ointment for facial psoriasis rashes ?

Is it safe to use hydrocortisone ointment for facial psoriasis rashes ?

Be careful: On the thin skin of the face, steroid creams can cause atrophy, dilated blood vessels, and increased hair growth as well as perioral dermatitis and steroid acne... Talk to your dermatologist before applying it there yourself so u know your treatment goals. ...Read more

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What happens if you use hydrocortisone cream for a few weeks on a rash?

What happens if you use hydrocortisone cream for a few weeks on a rash?

Rash: Depending where it is, some areas are more sensitive than others and on the long run it may cause skin thinning. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use hydrocortisone 1% on the anus once - twice daily? Without weakening/thinning skin?

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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I have a bug bite on my leg. It's turned into a little hole with lots of water-stuff coming out. Use hydrocortisone? Neosporin?

See doctor: If the bite is getting better and there is no pus , redness, or tenderness, just let it be (certainly no hydrocortisone, Neosporin perhaps). If it involves an area larger than a nickel and is getting worse, see doctor especially if the drainage turns green or brown. ...Read more

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