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I Have A Sunburn From Vacation How Long To Keep Using Hydrocortisone
Ibuprofen and aloe: If sunburn is mild and focal, Hydrocortisone twice daily for a week can help. I find that Ibuprofen orally 4 times a day, and frequent application of aloe containing lotion has best efficacy. If more severe, your doctor may add a prescription strength topical steroid and/or silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) to opened areas. ...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 100%: The steroid will take out some of the swelling associated but in a black woman it must be used sparingly and a short time because steroids can change skin color. It is best to soothe with a moisturizer. avoid re exposure to the sun and always wear a good broad spectrum sun block ...Read more
Can my skin go back to normal after dicoloration from using cortizone (hydrocortisone) for long time?
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?
Days, maybe weeks: There is some variability here. Sometimes intravenous glucocorticoids only last a few hours. Other injections, notably DepoMedrol (methylprednisolone) can last longer when injected into areas thick with fat cells. Also consider that often orthopedic steroid injections (into joints) are used to treat local problems, but they also are absorbed into the system and can cause effects throughout the body. ...Read more
If it gets absorbed: in the first place, topical hydrocortisone doesn't get absorbed into the blood stream unless it is applied on a large surface area / covered after application with plastic or non porous material (occlusive dressing) or applied heavily in flexures (under breasts, armpits) and not left to dry, just be careful, don't exceed recommended dosage, if gets absorbed though takes ~ 16-24 hours to leave ...Read more
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