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Hydrocortisone Valerate Athletes Foot
Yes: It will decrease the swelling and itching but you also need to use an antifungal. ...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
Not a podiatry?: Please direct this to your family doctor or dermatologist. ...Read more
Weird prescription: It doesn't sound strange. It is good practice to get all of your questions answered fully before you leave your doctor's office. If he or she doesn't want to answer them, find someone else quick. If you have questions when you get home, call them and give them 24h to get you an answer. Your own personal doctor is your best source of information. ...Read more
My dermatologist prescribed me hydrocortisone valerate for my lips, but can I use the OTC hydrocortisone instead?
I have eczema on my lower arm and I've had it for a while now. I have hydrocortisone valerate but its not working. It won't tan, its just white. Help!):?
Need another cream: Depending on where you live and your sun exposure, other non-steroidal creams may be a better option for you than a steroid cream such as hydrocortisone, to treat your eczema. The loss of color can be secondary to both your underlying eczema and as a secondary side effect from the steroid cream. Talk to your doctor about other options. ...Read more
Does hydrocortisone valerate cream really expire after the date on the tube; it still looks like the same cream?
Expired medicines: Most medicines have an expiration date and they may not be as effective after the expiry date. Creams or ointments are compunds that may not hold together as well after the expiry. ...Read more
My 6 month old has been on hydrocortisone valerate ointment USP 0.2% for 3 months i'd like to get him off it. Can I just stop it without side effects?
Yes and No: Sorry for the unclear answer, but have you found out the underlying cause of whatever you are sing the steroid cream for? If that has not been solved yet, stopping the cream is likely to lead to flare-up of whatever problem you were treating - I suspect some type of eczema. You may want to withdraw it over a week or two - use it every other and then every third day, to see if condition flares up. ...Read more
Not recommended: Hydrocortisone valerate cream (class 5) is a lower mid strength steroid. Steroids should not be used on areas of the body such as the face, groin, genitals or armpits without guidance from a doctor and for a prescribed reason. Potent steroids can lead to irreversible skin thining (atrophy). Also steroid use on the face can lead to the development of steroid acne. Use a mild moisturizer instead. ...Read more
It can help: Due to its antiinflammatory properties. Anusol has a topical anesthetic and is usually for the gums and in combo may add some additional relief. Oral pain meds, aleve or ibuprofin are also winners. Consider MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) to prevent constipation which always makes hemmorroids worse. Goog ole preperation h is a good, inexpensive combination. ...Read more
Can anyone tell me the difference between OTC hydrocortisone 1% and prescription hydrocortisone valerate?
Potency: Steroids are classified based on strength or potency. Class 1 to 7 (high to low). For the same prescription ointments are stronger than cream. Also the percentage of ingredient in the medication does not always correlate with the strength of the steroid. So the difference between Hydrocortisone 1% (class 7-least potent) and Hydrocortisone valerate (class 4/5-mid strength) is potency. ...Read more
Cream expiration: I tell my patients that creams expire when they don't work anymore. I think expiry dates are more for stock rotation than anything else. However, if you have an acute problem, you are better off with new medicines. ...Read more
Not the same: Steroids are classified based on strength or potency. Class 1 to 7 (high to low). For the same prescription ointments are stronger than cream. Also the percentage of ingredient in the medication does not always correlate with the strength of the steroid. So the difference between Hydrocortisone 1% (class 7-least potent) and Hydrocortisone valerate (class 4/5-mid strength) is potency. ...Read more
Topical Antifungal: Athlete's foot responds well to topical treatment, many of which can be procured over the counter. It is important that you apply the medication twice daily to clean and dry feet. Because you mention between the toe, apply a thin sparingly layer to these areas and allow them to dry well before putting on socks and shoes. Ask your pharmacist to direct you to the topical athlete's foot creams. ...Read more
Topical antifungal: Cream...Often the prescription kind is better than the over the counter. Keep feet clean and dry, especially between the toes; avoid wearing the same shoes two days in a row, the shoes may need to be treated as well; socks should be the kind that wicks perspiration, cotton isn't as good. Those are the best general measures, but it is a challenge nevertheless. ...Read more
Not so simple: Ventillate feet. Get air & light on feet. Do not worry about public places! Do not wear sox in bed. Otc antifungal cream for a long time & expect to use again. Maybe use forever. Look for generics to save money: miconazole, clotrimazole, ketoconazole, terbinafine are usually found easily. If you fail to see a dramatic improvement after a week, see a dermatologist. ...Read more
See below.: Itching, scaling, skin peeling, soreness are typical symptoms. ...Read more