Hydrocortisone Cream (Hydrocortisone)
What is Hydrocortisone Cream (Hydrocortisone) used for?
Hydrocortisone Cream (Hydrocortisone) is a topical steroid used to treat patients suffering from inflammatory skin conditions. The medication prevents skin inflammation to reduce the swelling, pain, and irritation associated with these conditions. It is commonly used to treat psoriasis or eczema. Your doctor may also prescribe its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Hydrocortisone Cream (Hydrocortisone)?
Hydrocortisone Cream (Hydrocortisone) is normally applied once or twice each day, but your particular instructions will be determined by your doctor based on your age, weight, current health, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. Always rinse and dry the area being treated before each use to remove any dirt or loose skin. Apply a small amount of cream to the area, gently massage it into the skin, and keep the area open to the air to allow any excess cream to evaporate. Wash your hands with soap and water after each application to prevent the cream from contacting any mucous membranes or areas of skin not being treated. Ask your doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Hydrocortisone Cream (Hydrocortisone)?
Some patients using Hydrocortisone Cream (Hydrocortisone) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
Stop using the medicine and contact your doctor as soon as you experience any serious or worrying symptoms being especially cautious about any signs of an allergic reaction including hives, swelling, or trouble breathing. These conditions may require reduced application frequency or emergency medical attention in serious cases to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Hydrocortisone Cream (Hydrocortisone) should not be applied to skin that is broken or severely damaged. Do not begin using the medication if you are allergic to hydrocortisone, have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past, or if you have a bacterial skin infection, viral skin infection, fungal skin infection, or dermatitis as these conditions may cause unexpected complications requiring special adjustments to your treatment.
Strictly use Hydrocortisone Cream (Hydrocortisone) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Hydrocortisone Cream (Hydrocortisone) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.