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I have small areas of my hands that are red and itchy. Will hydrocortisone cream help, or just make them worse?

Probably. In general, the hydrocortisone is a decent itch reducer when rubbed in for about 20 to 30 seconds. There are few problems that would be made worse by it's use. However, there are many problems for which it will not help. If using, then discontinue and see doc if not helping after few days OR if aggravating the problem. Read more...

I am 79 yrs young with a very itchy torso & variable rash - biopsy proved Grovers Disease. Moisturisers & Hydrocortisone cream give temporary relief?

No permanent fix. Gover's is a condition with unknown mechanism and thus the treatment will mainly be symptomatic. If needed, topical hydrocortisone may be used daily (not so much for the facial area) to control it. If itching is the issue, topical anti-itching (cortisone-free) cream may be of help. Read more...
Severity dictates Tx. Minor outbreaks can be controlled with prescription strength topical cortisone creams. More troubling eruptions usually clear up after taking Accutane or tetracycline pills for one to three months. If these fail or the outbreak is severe, PUVA phototherapy treatments, antifungal pills and cortisone injections are alternatives. Read more...