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    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

    • 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.

    Credits

    Current as of: October 30, 2019

    Author: Healthwise Staff
    Medical Review:
    William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
    Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
    Ellen K. Roh MD - Dermatology


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