Hydrocortisone for Itching Topic Overview
Hydrocortisone cream, gel, or ointment is available without a
prescription. It is commonly used to treat skin
inflammation and itching. Precautions
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Carefully read and follow all label directions on
the medicine bottle or box. Do not use the cream on children
younger than age 2 unless your doctor tells you to. Do not use in
the diaper area unless your doctor tells you to. Do not use in the
rectal or vaginal area on children younger than age 12 unless your doctor tells
you to. Do not continue to use the cream if there is no improvement
after 48 hours. Do not continue to use the cream longer than 4 to 5
days unless your doctor tells you to. Do not use hydrocortisone
cream on weeping, scraped, or infected skin. Avoid getting the
cream in the eyes. Use very sparingly on facial rashes and on the
back of the hands. Dosage: Apply to the rash area 4 times a day.
Rub the cream in well. Side effects Burning Increased
itching Increase in rash Skin infection
If side effects occur, stop using the cream. Call your doctor if
treatment of the condition is still needed.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 21, 2012
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