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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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I am 6 weeks pregnant and I have a big external hemorrhoids, what pain medication or suppository can I take? Tucks (witch hazel) and preparation H don't help at all

I am 6 weeks pregnant and I have a big external hemorrhoids, what pain medication or suppository can I take? Tucks (witch hazel) and preparation H don't help at all

May need surgery: See your doctor to evaluate it. Sometime external henmorrhoids (if thrombosed or clotted) need surgery to relieve the pressure and the pain. ...Read more

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Is this hydrocortisone 2.5% a mild medication or a strong medication?

Is this hydrocortisone 2.5% a mild medication or a strong medication?

Mild: It's a very mild weak topical steroid. It's good for use on mild rashes or itching and for babies. Most people with severe itching or rashes need to see a doctor to get a stronger prescription strength topical steroid. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: hydrocortisone?

Please describe the medication: hydrocortisone?

Anti-inflammatory: 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 less potent than cortisone. ...Read more

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I have a rash on my skin, what are the best methods to treating it? I've tried hydrocortisone even medication from a dermotologist. Nothing works

I have a rash on my skin, what are the best methods to treating it? I've tried hydrocortisone even medication from a dermotologist. Nothing works

More details: Saying you have a rash is likely asking for the name of a 4-legged furry animal without any further details. You need to see your dermatologist who may consider doing a skin biopsy to find out the cause. ...Read more

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I have a herpes outbreak on my butt, above the crack. What is the best over-the-counter medication - without hydrocortisone - for curing that?

I have a herpes outbreak on my butt, above the crack. What is the best over-the-counter medication - without hydrocortisone - for curing that?

Nothing OTC: Unfortunately there are no otc meds which will cure this...A prescription antiviral will assist with healing but will not cure it. ...Read more

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Saliva tests and symptoms show low functioning adrenal glands, but how to know if there is need for hormonal medications such as hydrocortisone?

Saliva tests and symptoms show low functioning adrenal glands, but how to know if there is need for hormonal medications such as hydrocortisone?

Work with your Dr: The accuracy of the salivary test results are depended on many factors including timing of the test and type of assay used. If your Dr determines the results are truly low, additional testing is needed to determine if due to primary or secondary adrenal insufficiency. Work with your doctor or endocrinologist and do not start hydrocortisone until then. ...Read more

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My 3yr old has been on prescription medication of hydrocortisone & persivate to treat eczema wht else shld use over the counter​ beside this mixture?

My 3yr old has been on prescription medication of hydrocortisone & persivate to treat eczema wht else shld use over the counter​ beside this mixture?

Eczema care: Daily lubrication with petroleum jelly and/or coconut oil can help with the dryness and itching. Bathe every other day. Avoid use of personal care products and clothing detergent with scents and dyes. Wear soft fabrics such as cotton. More about eczema: https://www. Healthychildren. Org/English/health-issues/conditions/skin/Pages/Eczema. Aspx ...Read more

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Mom suffers frm left sided headche 30 yrs. Doc gave up medication nd wants to inject her neck beneath her skin and msucles cortizone (hydrocortisone). Is this wrong?

Mom suffers frm left sided headche 30 yrs. Doc gave up medication nd wants to inject her neck beneath her skin and msucles cortizone (hydrocortisone). Is this wrong?

No: Not wrong to treat the pain....but I would recommend finding the source of the left sided HA pain. Check out the cranial joints (TM joint, occiput, and frontal sinus) and the associated musculature for the presence of some toxin, pathogen, or allergen. ...Read more

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Can preparation h be used for other things?

Can preparation h be used for other things?

Yes but why?: Prep h contains astringents which help shrink swollen tissues, and a lubricant--helpful with irritated anal tissues but not appropriate to use elsewhere. Try something made for the area that irritates you rather than possibly introducing something harmful. ...Read more

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Anusol vs preparation h - which is better?

Neither is: Very helpful if you have significant hemorrhoidal issues although Anusol Hc with hydrocortisine as a cream is probably going to give more relief for minor irritations. ...Read more

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Are there any other remedies for hemmorhoids other than preparation h?

Are there any other remedies for hemmorhoids other than preparation h?

Hemmorhoids: Yes there are in office procedures like banding that can be done to manage the disease as well as non surgical behavioral and dietary modifications. ...Read more

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Why is preparation h making my hemorrhoids itch?

Why is preparation h making my hemorrhoids itch?

Hemmorhoids: It is a very common problem, not to worry. Can be related to one of the ingredients in the medication
this should be evaluated by a colo-rectal or general surgeon

you will require dietary, bathroom habit modifications and sometimes office based procedures if medical management is ineffective. ...Read more

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Is okay if your hemorrhoids bleed after using preparation h?

Is okay if your hemorrhoids bleed after using preparation h?

If your: Hemorrhoids are bleeing this is not normal nor do you know for sure if this is the only source of the bleeding. Prep h is absolutely worthless for any significant hemorrhoid problems. See a colon and rectal surgeon to be sure nothing more serious is present and causing the bleeding. ...Read more

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Does preparation h hemmorhoid cream help with under-eye dark circles?

Does preparation h hemmorhoid cream help with under-eye dark circles?

No: Should never use on or near eye non eye care products, so answer is no, . ...Read more

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What is preparation h cream used for?

Nothing: Prep h has no documented benefit except as a lubricant. But if it helps, then you probably have minimal hemorrhoidal problems. ...Read more

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Would minor hemoroids go away using preparation h?

Nothing: Prep h has no documented benefit except as a lubricant. But if it helps, then you probably have minimal hemorrhoidal problems. ...Read more

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How much does preparation h shrink your piles?

How much does preparation h shrink your piles?

Not much!: Some of the compounds in prep h will reduce edema (part of the swelling in external hemorrhoids), but chronic (ie. Of long duration) hemorrhoids will hardly budge. Some prescription meds may offer more help, but only your doctor can differentiate what might help, so go see him/her! ...Read more

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Are preparation h suppositories okay for pregnant women?

Are preparation h suppositories okay for pregnant women?

Yes: Preparation H is safe for pregnant women. It is commonly prescribed for external hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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Will preparation h really work on pimples?

Will preparation h really work on pimples?

Maybe: The astringents in prep h that shrink hemorrhoids may also shrink the inflammation of a pimple, but there are far more appropriate medications available otc that will probably work far better than prep h. If you don't want to see a doctor, your pharmacist is a good resource for options here. ...Read more

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Will preparation h help with anal spasms?

Will preparation h help with anal spasms?

Unlikely: As prep h has no benefit other than as a lubricant. Don't waste your money. ...Read more

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Can minor hemoroids go away using preparation h?

Can minor hemoroids go away using preparation h?

Yes: Symptomatic improvement with topical therapy high iber high fluid diet. ...Read more

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Can I use preparation h sapasotory and proctosol cream for external walls?

Can I use preparation h sapasotory and proctosol cream for external walls?

Yes: 35 year old gentleman with hemorrhoids and symptoms wants to use over the counter remedies.
Of course, you can use these over the counter remedies. However, you should see your doctor for a full exam. Another thing to consider is to eat a diet high in vegetables and fiber, stay hydrated, and avoid straining. Hemorrhoids have several stages and you can get banding and other indicated treatments. ...Read more

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Will preparation h get into my breastmilk?

Will preparation h get into my breastmilk?

Breastmilk: Assuming you are using it in the appropriate dose on a hemorrhoid, it is safe to use while breastfeeding. You can also use tucks (witch hazel) which are given in the hospitals post-partum and are cool and soothing to the perineum. ...Read more

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Does preparation h cream enlarge the prostate?

Does preparation h cream enlarge the prostate?

No: Preparation h cream is a cream to help soothe and help resolve acute inflammation of hemorrhoids. It should not affect the prostate gland. ...Read more

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Is preparation h used for skin tightening permanent or temporary?

Is preparation h used for skin tightening permanent or temporary?

Temporary: My understanding is that the ingredient in prep h that draws water from the skin has been removed. But even if I'm wrong, it is still only a temporary solution - your body moves water into any area of subcutaneous tissue that lacks it; so the "tightening" effect will last only until you stop applying prep h. ...Read more

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Is preparation h good for anal fissure?

Is preparation h good for anal fissure?

Anal fissure: Anal fissures are often caused by chronic constipation and straining on defecation. Focus on keeping stools soft with a healthy, fiber-rich diet. Preparation h is primarily for hemorrhoidal relief, but could help fissure discomfort since there is a lubricating component to preparation h. Alternatively, you can also apply petroleum jelly if painful. See your md if severe. ...Read more

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Does preparation h get rid of wrinkles?

Does preparation h get rid of wrinkles?

No: Butt it may help with dark circles beneath your eyes... ...Read more

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Is it alright to use preparation h cream during pregnancy?

Is it alright to use preparation h cream during pregnancy?

YEs: But prep h won't help other than as a lubricant. The best thing you can do during pregnancy to avoid hemorrhoid issues and constipation is to be sure you are drinking 80-100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily and put up with the frequent urination. Much better to void frequently than to have to deal with hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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Can preparation h be used internally for internal hemorrhoids?

Use suppositories: Preparation h also comes in suppositories probably more convenient for internal rectal discomfort. The cream or ointment contains Hydrocortisone 1% unless pt feels discomfort when applying it internally I do not think is absolutely contraindicated or may cause any serious harm. Only when there is a suspicion for infection with yeastnor bacteria we should avoid it. ...Read more

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Does preparation h dry up pimples?

Does preparation h dry up pimples?

A few options: For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may be prescribed antibiotics, retinoids or vitamin a derivatives, azelaic acid, oral contraceptives, or spironolactone. Always ask a dermatologist about the possible affects and the risks vs benefits of each treatment. Make sure it's best for you. ...Read more

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Will topical creams like preparation-h help my hemorrhoids?

Will topical creams like preparation-h help my hemorrhoids?

Sometimes: There are many otc remedies for hemorrhoid flare ups. Just keep in mind that a doctor check up is necessary if you are not getting better on otc med. Even if the diagnosis is correct, otc remedies will not help with more advanced grades of hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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Do creams like anusol and preparation h actually get rid of hemorhoids?

Do creams like anusol and preparation h actually get rid of hemorhoids?

Hemrrhoids: Generally not on their own.

Anusol and perperatin h havs steroids hence help to calm down inflammation

combination of things with lifestyle change including high fiber diet (morethen 25 gm/ day) with regular excercise to aid in bowel mobility, adequate consumption of water and stool softners like docusate sodium help with prevention and to get rid of hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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