Hydrocortisone 1% Cream

Hydrocortisone Cream/Ointment

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Hydrocortisone 1% Cream/Ointment treats inflammation from skin conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema and psoriasis. It is a topical steroid that works to reduce chemicals in the body that cause swelling.

Order your Hydrocortisone Cream/Ointment online from The Independent Pharmacy - our service is fast, confidential and discreet. When you place your order, you’ll need to complete a brief medical questionnaire. Our doctor will review your order which you’ll receive as early as the next day.

Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid. Classed as a mild steroid, it can be used to step down your treatment if stronger steroid preparations are no longer necessary.

Topical steroids, such as Hydrocortisone, play an important role in eczema treatment. When eczema flares up, applying a steroid-containing medication will reduce inflammation, ease soreness and reduce itching.

Steroids are produced naturally by the body to regulate growth and immune function. There are many kinds of steroids, including anabolic steroids like testosterone and corticosteroids such as cortisol, which is produced by the adrenal glands. Corticosteroids are very effective at controlling inflammation since they temporarily alter the function of a number of cells and chemicals in the skin.

Topical corticosteroids have been used for over 50 years to treat various inflammatory skin conditions. They remain one of the most effective treatments, and if used properly, can control symptoms and restore patients’ quality of life.

Hydrocortisone 1% Cream/Ointment, made by Actavis, is a generic cream that treats certain skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis & psoriasis. It reduces the body’s inflammatory response and alleviates irritation and soreness. The cream is a corticosteroid, and should be applied to affected areas once or twice a day, usually for no longer than one week.

Eczema is a skin ailment indicated by redness, dryness, flaky, scaly skin and irritation. Sufferers often scratch, causing skin breaks and bleeding. More serious instances may result in pus-filled blisters. Most symptoms manifest around the elbows and knees, on the scalp, and on the hands and feet.

Eczema & dermatitis can affect anyone of any age. Most cases appear before the age of 35 and are chronic, with periods of activity and remission. Common triggers include stress, skin injury, excess alcohol consumption, smoking, certain medications, and hormonal fluctuations.

Currently, eczema has no cure and treatment aims to reduce the severity of symptoms. Topical corticosteroids are the go-to option for mild to moderate cases. Hydrocortisone 1% Cream/Ointment, which is a topical treatment, works by reducing the immune system’s release of inflammatory chemicals, thus helping to reduce redness, irritation and inflammation.

Hydrocortisone 1% Cream/Ointment should be applied to the affected areas in a thin layer, once or twice daily. Be sure to wash your hands after applying the treatment, unless the symptoms are on your hands. After it has been absorbed, a moisturising cream such as Diprobase or Cetraben can be applied, if necessary. When symptoms begin to improve, start using Hydrocortisone less often. You should not use Hydrocortisone for more than 10 days consecutively and see your doctor if there is no improvement within the 10 day period.

Side effects may include:

Contact dermatitis - localized rash or irritation to the skin.

If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in a different way, stop using it and consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Read the following warnings carefully to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.

Do not use Hydrocortisone 1% Cream/Ointment if you:

  • are allergic to any of its ingredients.
  • suffer from skin conditions caused by infections, which are not being treated with antibiotics.
  • have scabies mite.
  • have rosacea or dermatitis around the mouth area.

Check with your doctor/pharmacist before using Hydrocortisone 1% Cream if:

  • you are applying the cream to the face and around the eyes.
  • you have a skin infection and the condition appears to be getting worse despite prescribed antibiotics. Stop using the cream and contact your doctor.
  • you have psoriasis.

This cream contains cetyostearyl alcohol which may cause local skin reactions such as contact dermatitis. It also contains chlorocresol which may cause allergic reactions in some people.

Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medications. Inform your doctor about any medications you are taking or intend to take.

Active ingredients:

Hydrocortisone 1%.

The inactive ingredients in Hydrocortisone 1% Cream are:

Chlorocresol, cetomacrogol, cetostearyl alcohol and paraffin.

The inactive ingredients in Hydrocortisone 1% Ointment are:

Wool Fat, liquid paraffin, white soft paraffin.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Hydrocortisone 1% Cream used for?

    It is used to treat itching, redness, and swelling associated with conditions of the skin.

    It is a topical corticosteroid that reduces skin inflammation.

  • Is Hydrocortisone 1% Cream suitable for me?

    There are situations in which Hydrocortisone 1% Cream should be used cautiously or not at all. If you have a skin infection and have reacted to other steroid preparations before, Hydrocortisone 1% is not recommended. Don’t use this cream on the face or around the anal or genital areas unless instructed to do so by your doctor. Don’t use this treatment if you have an allergy to any of its active or inactive ingredients.

    If you are taking any other medications, including other creams or eczema treatments – inform our online doctor. Mention whether they were prescribed by your doctor or purchased over-the-counter.

    You should not use Hydrocortisone 1% Cream if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed, unless your doctor has advised it.

    If Hydrocortisone 1% cream doesn’t work for you, tell your doctor as you may need a different treatment.

  • Do topical corticosteroids cause skin discoloration?

    In rare cases, topical corticosteroids can cause lightening or darkening of the skin, which resolves when the treatment stops. Skin discoloration is more likely to occur from the eczema itself, because skin inflammation can increase or decrease the amount of tan pigment in the skin. Skin discoloration from eczema typically resolves over time, but may take several months. In cases of severe and long-lasting inflammation, some pigmentation changes can be permanent.

  • Do topical corticosteroids promote excessive hair growth?

    If used for long periods, topical corticosteroids can occasionally cause a temporary, mild increase in fine hair growth in the treated areas. Frequent scratching can also cause a temporary, mild increase in hair growth.

  • Can topical corticosteroids prolong eczema and decrease the chances of improvement over time?

    There is no evidence to suggest that topical corticosteroids prolong eczema. An allergic reaction to the steroid may make eczema symptoms appear worse or prolonged. Any worsening or static symptoms should be evaluated for allergic contact dermatitis.

  • Can moisturizers eliminate the need for topical corticosteroids?

    While proper bathing and moisturizing are important for the management of chronic eczema, they are only a first-line defence. Once moderate to severe eczema becomes inflamed, additional anti-inflammatory medication is necessary to control the disease. Treatments include topical corticosteroids, ultraviolet light therapy, topical calcsineurin inhibitors (TCIs such as Elidel or Protopic), or systemic medications.

  • Should I apply corticosteroids in smaller amounts than prescribed?

    While only a thin layer of medication is needed, it is important to apply enough to cover all the red areas. Use the fingertip rule: squeeze a line of the topical corticosteroid onto your index finger, from the fingertip to the first finger crease. This amount represents a fingertip unit and should be enough to cover an area of skin the size of two flat adult hands.

  • Topical Corticosteroid Tips

    While only a thin layer of medication is needed, it is important to apply enough to cover all the red areas. Use the fingertip rule: squeeze a line of the topical corticosteroid onto your index finger, from the fingertip to the first finger crease. This amount represents a fingertip unit and should be enough to cover an area of skin the size of two flat adult hands.

    • Use the lowest-strength corticosteroid possible to control symptoms.
    • Only apply the corticosteroid to skin affected by the disease.
    • For best results, apply corticosteroids immediately after bathing.
    • Use corticosteroids as prescribed by your doctor — more than two applications per day increases the risks but not the benefits. One daily application should provide sufficient relief.
    • Topical corticosteroids should not be used in place of moisturizers.
    • Do not use large quantities of corticosteroids for long periods of time.
    • Keep in mind that sensitive areas of skin, such as the face, raw skin, genitals, thin skin and areas of skin that rub together absorb more corticosteroid than other areas.
    • Dressings applied over treated areas increase the potency and improve absorption of corticosteroid. Only use dressings in this way with a physician’s guidance.
    • Once the inflammation has been controlled, reduce or stop using the corticosteroid. Remember, proper bathing and moisturizing can help prevent flare-ups.

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