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Hydrocortisone 1% cream for prescription eczema treatment

What is Hydrocortisone 1% cream?

Hydrocortisone 1% cream is an anti-inflammatory steroid. Classed as a ‘mild’ steroid, the cream is prescribed for the treatment of skin conditions, including mild to moderate eczema, dermatitis, and insect bite reactions. It is not as strong as the ‘moderately potent’ or ‘potent’ steroid creams and ointments, such as Eumovate, Betnovate, or Diprosone, and can be used to ‘step down’ your treatment if those stronger preparations are no longer necessary.

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How to use Hydrocortisone 1% cream

Before using Hydrocortisone 1% cream, please refer to the patient information leaflet provided in the box.

The cream should be applied to the affected area(s) of skin, once or twice a day. Only a thin layer should be used, and make sure to wash your hands after applying the cream (unless the symptoms are on the hands). After the cream has been absorbed, an emollient (moisturising) cream such as Diprobase or Cetraben can be applied to the same area if necessary.

You should start to use the cream less often as your symptoms start to improve, but if your symptoms are still not responding after a few weeks, speak to your doctor. If you have been using the cream for a while and suddenly stop using it without gradually tailing off, your skin condition may relapse.

Is Hydrocortisone 1% cream suitable for me?

As is common with most medical treatments, there are situations in which Hydrocortisone 1% cream should be used cautiously or not at all. If you have a skin infection (such as impetigo, herpes simplex, or a fungal infection) and if you have reacted to other steroid preparations before, Hydrocortisone 1% is not recommended. It’s advised you don’t use this cream on the face or around the anal or genital areas unless told to do so by your doctor. You shouldn’t use this treatment if you have an allergy to any of the active or inactive ingredients.

You need to tell the online doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including other creams or eczema treatments you are using – inform us whether they are prescribed by your doctor or purchased from a pharmacy without a prescription.

You should not use Hydrocortisone 1% cream if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, or are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed, unless your doctor has specifically advised it.

If it doesn’t work for you, tell the doctor as a different treatment might be better.

It’s very important to give a full picture of your general health in the consultation, to make sure the doctor has all the information required to assess the suitability of Hydrocortisone 1% cream for you.

What are the side effects of Hydrocortisone 1% cream?

Hydrocortisone 1% cream can cause side effects, but not everybody will experience them.

Side effects are generally rare, but can include a rash or other allergic reaction if you are sensitive to any of the ingredients. If you experience any persisting side effects, you should stop using Hydrocortisone 1% cream and talk to your doctor.

For a full list of potential side effects and other important information, see the patient information leaflet provided in the pack before commencing treatment. The leaflet can also be viewed online here.

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