What Is Hydrocortisone Cream

hydrocortisone cream Hydrocortisone cream is a commonly prescribed medication for the relief of conditions such as minor skin irritations, usually including those caused by insect bites, eczema rash symptoms, poison ivy, and other allergy-causing substances. It is also sometimes prescribed for itchy rectal areas and irritations of the scalp area. Over the counter it is one percent concentration and you can get ointments or prescription creams that are 2.5 percent in concentration for more serious situations of inflammation.

Each gram of hydrocortisone cream, USP 2.5% normally contains 25mg of hydrocortisone as the active ingredient in a water-washable base composed of isopropyl palmitate, metyhlparaben, mineral oil or lanolin alcohol, cetyl alcohol, polysorbate 40, propylene glycol stearate, propylene glycol, sorbic acid, stearyl alcohol, xanthan gum, sorbitan palmitate, and purified water. Hydrocortisone is actually a steroid hormone that is needed for some bodily functions. This is produced by the human adrenal cortex. Synthetic versions of the hormone are the ones found in hydrocortisone cream. Some people turn to hydrocortisone cream in a way similar to another group that uses calamine lotion as the only cure for a rash. This was discussed in a post on common mistakes in rash treatment . Each of these items has a proper use, but don’t try to use them for every single skin rash. Hydrocortisone creams are used for inflamed red skin and to reduce itching.

In case you’re wondering what else hydrocortisone cream is used for, here is a list of its most common uses, besides those previously mentioned:

• Relief of inflamed areas on the body, usually brought about by different skin conditions or diseases
• Relief of the inflammation caused by proctitis or ulcerative colitis
• Relief of the discomfort brought about by hemorrhoids

If your doctor prescribes hydrocortisone cream for your condition, it is best to take note of the following:

1. The cream should be used only as directed by your doctor and should be used externally.

2. Check with your doctor to see if he wants the area wrapped or not. Don’t assume it should be covered.

3. For the application in diaper rash, ask your doctor what the best materials are for your infant to be wearing and discuss looseness and tightness of fabrics. Some doctors prefer vaseline, zinc oxide products, desitin or a different type of cream. Don’t assume you should use a hydrocortisone cream for this issue. It depends on the source of the diaper rash.

Let your physician know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Discuss allergies you may have to foods, medications and environmental triggers. For dermatitis and skin patches that can accompany red bumps, help your doctor get at the root of the causes of eczema by keeping a journal. Discuss with him any oral steroids you’ve taken in the past and how your body responded. Always check with your doctor if hydrocortisone cream will interact with other medication you may be taking.

People have their favorite solutions to things and with rashes it seems to be hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion. Just as calamine lotion would be a mistake for a scabies rash or fungal infection, so would hydrocortisone cream. Bacterial rashes such as those related to staph infections would be treated with antibiotics. Hydrocortisone cream has it’s place, just don’t try to use it for any bump clusters you have without getting proper medical advice.

Give hugs support to any family member with itching and inflammation as this can be very uncomfortable and they will truly appreciate it. Support is needed as there can be a deep feeling of aloneness and discomfort with one’s body.

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