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Find out more about other ways you can use hydrocortisone to treat different health problems. Hydrocortisone skin cream isn't suitable for some people. Cream from a pharmacy should only be used for:.
There are different types of hydrocortisone skin products. This is the amount of cream you can squeeze onto your fingertip.
Wait at least 10 minutes between using hydrocortisone and any other product. Ideally, use different skin products at different times of the day. If you forget to use your cream, don't worry, just do it as soon as you remember. Mild hydrocortisone creams are very safe. You're more likely to have a serious side effect if you use a strong hydrocortisone cream such as hydrocortisone butyrate or if you use hydrocortisone cream over a large patch of skin for a long time.
If you have a skin infection, using a hydrocortisone cream can make it worse and cause it to spread. Your child's doctor will watch their growth carefully while they're using hydrocortisone cream. A serious allergic reaction is an emergency. Contact a doctor straight away if you think you or someone around you is having a serious allergic reaction.
These are not all the side effects of hydrocortisone skin creams. For a full list see the leaflet inside your medicine packet. Hydrocortisone butyrate is not normally recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you're trying to get pregnant, are already pregnant or if you're breastfeeding.
Hydrocortisone reduces inflammation in the skin. Hydrocortisone acts inside the skin cells to stop the release of these chemicals. This reduces the swelling, redness and itching. To lessen the risk of side effects your doctor may recommend that you only use hydrocortisone creams for a few weeks at a time. Once your skin is better, use moisturisers to keep it from becoming inflamed again. Don't use a hydrocortisone skin cream on your face unless a doctor says you should and has given you a prescription for it.
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Hydrocortisone skin cream contents About hydrocortisone skin creams Key facts Who can and can't use hydrocortisone skin creams How and when to use it Side effects Pregnancy and breastfeeding Cautions with other medicines Common questions.
Most hydrocortisone creams are mild and you can buy them from pharmacies and shops. Hydrocortisone butyrate cream, ointment or lotion is stronger and is only available on prescription. Where to get it - GP or pharmacy?
Cream from a pharmacy should only be used for: Cream, ointment or lotion? As a general rule: How do hydrocortisone skin creams work? That depends on why you're using it. Yes, you can drink alcohol while using hydrocortisone skin cream. No, you can eat and drink normally while using hydrocortisone skin cream.