Will OTC hydrocortisone cream have the same effect as prescription?

Perhaps. Otc Hydrocortisone cream comes in two strengths, 1% and 2.5%. Prescription steroid creams come in a greater variety of strengths and some are much more potent than the 2.5% hydrocortisone. You should also be aware that ointments may be more potent than creams.

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Can using a 1% OTC hydrocortisone cream everyday one time per day be dangerous?

Not really. Chronic use of any tolical asteroids can thin skin and increase capilerization. This takes a while with non-fluorinated steroids, but is much more common with the fluorinated version. What rheumatology problem or dermatology problem are you treating? See your pcp or specialist to find out if is a better way! Read more...

I use OTC hydrocortisone cream for the seborrheic dermatitis in my ear canals, but it comes back weekly. I can feel & see it. Any other options?

Diet and topicals. Dietary adjustments by decreasing simple sugars is the most important way of managing this. Steroids are a temporary measure, if seborrheic dermatitis then okay to use for flare ups but topical antifungals would need to be used for several months to fully eradicate. Read more...