1 What Hydrocortisone cream is and what it is used for
Hydrocortisone belongs to a group of medicines called topical corticosteroids. These work by calming the inflammation that occurs during certain skin conditions or reactions.
Hydrocortisone cream may be used for treating various skin conditions including:
dermatitis, including intertrigo (irritation between skin folds)
insect bite reactions
inflammation of the external ear (otitis externa)
prurigo nodularis- a long term skin condition where very itchy lumps appear
neurodermatoses- a long term skin condition where itchy skin becomes thick due to scratching
nappy rash, if infection exists it is being treated with appropriate antibiotics.
2 Before you use
Do not use Hydrocortisone cream and tell your doctor if you:
are allergic (hypersensitive) to hydrocortisone or any of the other ingredients (see section 6)
are suffering from skin conditions caused by infections, which are not being treated with appropriate antibiotics, including impetigo, cold sores, chicken pox, herpes, ringworm, athlete’s foot or thrush
have the scabies mite
have rosacea (flushing of the skin on the face) or dermatitis around the mouth area.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before using Hydrocortisone cream if you:
are treating a child as long term use in children is not recommended. Do not use under a nappy or airtight dressing for more than five to seven days
are applying the cream to the face, particularly around the eyes. Do not use the cream for longer than your doctor has advised
have a skin infection. If the condition appears to be getting worse despite using antibiotics prescribed, stop using the cream and contact your doctor
suffer with psoriasis.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant whilst using hydrocortisone cream, tell your doctor immediately.
This cream contains cetostearyl alcohol which may cause local skin reactions such as contact dermatitis and chlorocresol which may cause allergic reactions, in some people.
3 How to use
Always use Hydrocortisone cream exactly as your doctor has told you. If you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
For application to the skin.
Adults - gently apply a thin layer of cream to the affected area(s) two or three times a day.
Children and infants - gently apply a thin layer of cream to the affected area(s) two or three times a day. Avoid using for more than five to seven days at a time.
If you use more Hydrocortisone cream than you should
Do not use the cream more often or for longer than your doctor tells you to.
Do not use larger quantities than as directed, as this will increase the possibility of side effects.
If you accidentally use too much on a few occasions do not worry.
If you accidentally swallow some cream, small amounts are not harmful.