General English: Hydrocortisone cream or ointment

Application: Mild inflammatory skin disease such as eczema and dermatitis.

Hydrocortisone Cream or ointment

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Forms of hydrocortisone

Medication information of hydrocortisone cream or ointment

Hydrocortisone cream or ointment is a mild skin corticosteroid. Topical corticosteroids are also called topical steroids. Topical steroids along with moisturizers are used to treat inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. A topical steroid is used when inflammation flares up in eczema and dermatitis. Hydrocortisone is also useful for reducing inflammation caused by insect bites. Hydrocortisone cream or ointment is also used to reduce urticaria.

Hydrocortisone cream or ointment can be used with or without a prescription for mild allergic diseases such as dermatitis and insect bites in adults and children. Hydrocortisone is also used as a compound in antibacterial and antifungal drugs. These drugs are also used to treat skin infections such as athlete’s foot.

Do not confuse cream or hydrocortisone with hydrocortisone butyrate. Hydrocortisone butyrate is a potent topical steroid used for severe skin conditions.

Hydrocortisone has different dosage forms and uses. For more information on hydrocortisone, hydrocortisone rectal foam, and buccal hydrocortisone tablets, see the page for those medications.

Dosage and method of using hydrocortisone cream or ointment

Contraindications to the use of hydrocortisone cream or ointment

Use hydrocortisone cream or ointment during pregnancy and lactation

During pregnancy and lactation, you should not use the drug arbitrarily and without consulting your doctor. Medications can have devastating effects on the fetus or on yourself. Hydrocortisone cream or ointment is not suitable for pregnant women.

Drug Interactions Hydrocortisone Cream or Ointment

Drug interactions may alter drug performance and increase the risk of serious side effects. Make a list of all the medicines (including prescription / over-the-counter and herbal medicines) you use and share them with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not change the dose of your medicine without consulting your doctor or stop taking the medicine.

Special warnings and precautions when using hydrocortisone cream or ointment

Some medications may not be prescribed under certain conditions, and some medications may be prescribed if additional treatment is needed; Therefore, it is best to let your doctor know the following before taking this medicine:

Side effects of hydrocortisone cream or ointment

Short-term use of this drug usually has no side effects, but in the long-term, these steroids may cause thinning of the skin, contact dermatitis, acne, rosacea, and hair growth at the site of application. Although such side effects of hydrocortisone are rare, they can be reduced by applying a thinner layer of the drug to the skin or using less during the day.

 Consult your doctor if you have any symptoms that you feel are due to the use of a hydrocortisone cream or ointment.


Overuse of hydrocortisone cream or ointment (drug poisoning)


Storage conditions of hydrocortisone cream or ointment

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