Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Person suffering from itchy skin feel uncomfortable. They search for medicines which can offer them relief. In this respect, Hydrocortisone cream is useful for treating skin inflammation. The Hydrocortisone cream is available without a prescription and over the counter. It is available in generic form, of varying strengths, and marketed, sold under various brand names like Cortizone.

The Hydrocortisone skin ointment is useful for the treatment of numerous skin diseases. Eczema, itching, rashes are treated using this medicine. Hydrocortisone is useful to cure itching caused due to insect bites, mosquito bites. It is useful to treat scalp related issues, dandruff problems. However, Hydrocortisone is not that useful to treat hives. It is because, hives are a result of histamine and not caused by dermal inflammation.

How Effective is Hydrocortisone in Treating Itchy Skin Rash?

How Effective is Hydrocortisone in Treating Itchy Skin Rash?

Whenever there is a skin problem that requires the use of Hydrocortisone cream then one needs to understand that the cream needs to be applied to the affected skin till the rashes or skin itching have been resolved. Lower strengths of the same medicine can be used to treat issues on the face. Long term use of Hydrocortisone or such medicines and other topical drugs should be avoided as such actions can cause serious side effects. The potent versions of the Hydrocortisone medicine need to be avoided as it causes the risk of serious side effects.

However, if you are suffering from dermal issues, many drugs are available. The choice of a drug to cure an allergic disease depends on the seriousness of the skin disorder, age of the person and so on. Though some medicines are available over the counter, it is better to take the medicines post thorough consultation with a dermatologist. Antihistamine drugs cause some time to display their action, Antihistamine drugs should not be used regularly as they can serious side effects and that includes skin cancers.

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Last Modified On: July 5, 2017

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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