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Which is more "hypoallergenic" hydrocortisone cream or ointment?

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Dr. Carrie Cannon
Family Medicine

In brief: It depends

Ointments often use a petrolatum base like vaseline and can enhance potency, provide more lubrication and occlusion.
Creams are usually mixes of water suspended in oil. Only about 3% are allergic to topical steroids. Check the inert ingredients listed on the product Propylene glycol, sorbitan sesquioleate,, isothiozolinones, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, frangrances can be allergenic.

In brief: It depends

Ointments often use a petrolatum base like vaseline and can enhance potency, provide more lubrication and occlusion.
Creams are usually mixes of water suspended in oil. Only about 3% are allergic to topical steroids. Check the inert ingredients listed on the product Propylene glycol, sorbitan sesquioleate,, isothiozolinones, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, frangrances can be allergenic.
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: No difference

There is no difference between the two.

In brief: No difference

There is no difference between the two.
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