Hydrocortisone Cream / Ointment 15g
£2.43 – £5.16
Hydrocortisone cream / ointment is an mild steroid used to treat skin conditions such as Eczema, Dermatitis and reactions caused by Insect Bites.
What is Hydrocortisone Cream / Ointment used for?
Hydrocortisone Cream / ointment is recommended to break the cycle of itch-scratch and inflammation caused by eczema If you suffer from itchy, dry and red skin this Cream will help to clear your flare-up.
How to use Hydrocortisone Cream
Hydrocortisone should only be used on the skin. However, do not use it on the face or underarms unless directed to do so by your doctor. Some products are meant to be used on the scalp for various conditions. To correctly use these products, follow the directions on the product package.
Wash and dry your hands before using. Clean and dry the affected area. If you are using the lotion or foam, shake it well just before using. If you are using the spray, check the product package to see if it needs to be shaken before each use. Apply a small amount of medication to the affected area and gently rub in, usually up to 4 times a day or as directed by your doctor or the product package. Dosage and length of treatment depends on the type of condition being treated. Do not bandage, cover, or wrap the area unless directed to do so by your doctor. If used in or near the diaper area on an baby do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.
After applying the medication,wash your hands, unless the hands are being treated. Avoid getting this medication in the eyes nose, or mouth. If you get the medication in these areas, rinse with plenty of water. If irritation occurs or continues, contact your doctor right away.
Use this medication only for the condition for which it was prescribed or a condition that is listed on the product package. Do not use it for longer than directed by the product package or your doctor.
Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after 7 days or if you think you may have a serious medical problem.
Do not use for more than 10 days in a row, seek medical advice if there is no improvement in symptoms after this time.
Before applying Hydrocortisone Cream you should wash you wash yours hands, The cream should be applied to the affected areas in a thin layer, once or twice daily.
Like all medicines, Hydrocortisone Cream can cause
side effects, although not everybody gets them. Most
patients using Hydrocortisone Cream will have no
problems when used in the correct amount for the
If the following happens, stop using the cream and
tell your doctor immediately or go to the casualty
department at your nearest hospital:
• an allergic reaction (swelling of the lips, face or neck
leading to severe difficulty in breathing; skin rash or
hives). This is a very serious but rare side effect. You may
need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
What is Eczema?
Eczema mostly affects children. Here, the skin becomes itchy, red and dry. The most common area affected is the back and front of the knees.Although it can affect any part of the body. Flare ups occur when the condition becomes more acute. The cause is unknown. However, it has been linked to allergies.
Eczema (also known as dermatitis) is a dry skin condition. It is a highly individual condition which varies from person to person and comes in many different forms. It is not contagious so you cannot catch it from someone else.
In mild cases of eczema, the skin is dry, scaly, red and itchy. In more severe cases there may be weeping, crusting and bleeding. Constant scratching causes the skin to split and bleed and also leaves it open to infection.
Eczema affects people of all ages but is primarily seen in children. Those who “grow out” of their eczema during early childhood may see it recur again in later life.
How to treat Eczema.
There is no cure for Eczema, However, use creams such as Hydrocortisone 1% Cream / ointment to control the symptoms and reduce inflammation and itching.
For some people with eczema, the regular use of emollients is all that is needed to keep the condition under control.
However, for many people there will be a time when a steroid preparation is required as part of their treatment in order to bring an eczema flare under control. Topical steroids are the most common treatment for eczema flares. This is when eczema becomes red, sore and very itchy.
Topical steroids are used in short treatment bursts and should be used in conjunction with emollients. Emollients for washing, cleansing and moisturizing are essential to a good skin care routine for treating and preventing dry and itchy skin.Emollients need to be used all the time.