What is Hydrocortisone?
Hydrocortisone is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids. This class of drugs are anti-inflammatory in nature and when used topically can also reduce itchiness.
Do you need a prescription for hydrocortisone cream?
Hydrocortisone, the weakest corticosteroid available, can be purchased without a prescription when it is in a concentration of 0.5%. All higher strengths and other corticosteroid creams require a prescription.
What is hydrocortisone cream used for?
Hydrocortisone cream can be used for a number of skin problems including: mild eczema, mild psoriasis, mosquito bites, and allergic rashes.
How is the hydrocortisone cream applied?
A small amount of cream can be applied to the affected area(s) once or twice daily for 5-7 days. The area to which the cream has been applied should be left uncovered. Do not use bandages after applying. If the condition worsens or does not improve, you should see your doctor.
What are the side effects of hydrocortisone cream?
When used correctly for short durations of time hydrocortisone cream should have little to no side effects. If used in high doses for prolonged periods of time, corticosteroid creams can cause permanent thinning of the skin. Additionally, your body may become tolerant to the effects and the cream may stop working.
Who should not use hydrocortisone cream?
Except on the advice of a physician or pharmacist, the following people should not use hydrocortisone cream:
- Pregnant women
Hydrocortisone cream should also not be used on an area suspected to be infected.
If you have a minor rash or insect bite check with your pharmacist to see if hydrocortisone cream may help you. Your pharmacist will also be able to recommend other agents that may help or be better suited to treat your condition!