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Can hydrocortisone make jock itch or fungal infection worse? If so, how much worse?

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Dr. Daniel Cabot
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Hydrocortisone stunts your skins immune response that causes the redness.
For this reason the hc might make the jock itch look improved at first. But the condition is caused by a fungus; so if you impair your skin's immunity, the fungus will grow more rapidly, eventually making the rash worse. When in doubt, mix the hc cream with an anti fungal cream, but not for more than 2 weeks.

In brief: Yes

Hydrocortisone stunts your skins immune response that causes the redness.
For this reason the hc might make the jock itch look improved at first. But the condition is caused by a fungus; so if you impair your skin's immunity, the fungus will grow more rapidly, eventually making the rash worse. When in doubt, mix the hc cream with an anti fungal cream, but not for more than 2 weeks.
Dr. Daniel Cabot
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Dr. Charles Rocamboli
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Use antifungal

Theoretically, but you can use it with an anti fungal.
Try using some micatin (miconazole) with it.

In brief: Use antifungal

Theoretically, but you can use it with an anti fungal.
Try using some micatin (miconazole) with it.
Dr. Charles Rocamboli
Dr. Charles Rocamboli
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