Hydrocortisone for Itching - Topic Overview
Hydrocortisone cream, gel, or ointment is available without a
prescription. It is commonly used to treat skininflammation and itching.
- 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
- 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.
- 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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