Using Hydrocortisone to treat eczema
Use Hydrocortisone cream as recommended by your doctor. Usually, Hydrocortisone cream is applied twice daily. When you're ready to apply the cream, follow the instructions below:
- Wash your hands and ensure the affected area is also clean.
- Squeeze a small amount of cream out of the tube onto your fingertip, from the tip of your finger to the first crease. This is called a fingertip unit. One fingertip unit will cover an area of skin the size of both of your palms.
- Apply the cream to the affected area and gently rub it in until it has been absorbed. This may take a little time.
- Once you have finished applying the cream, wash your hands, unless your hands are the area that you have applied the cream to.
What to do when Hydrocortisone doesn't work
Hydrocortisone is one of the weaker corticosteroid creams. To help you avoid side effects, your doctor will always try to prescribe the least potent medication that can treat your condition. Therefore, if you find that Hydrocortisone does not improve your skin condition within a week, you may need stronger treatment. You should let the prescribing doctor know, as they can find you a more suitable alternative.
Can Hydrocortisone be used on the scalp?
Hydrocortisone cream can be thick and is not ideal for scalp application. However, it is also available in lotion forms, which can be applied more easily to the scalp if required. You should only apply Hydrocortisone to your scalp if instructed to do so by a doctor.
Can Hydrocortisone be used on the face?
Hydrocortisone should only be applied to the face if you are instructed to do so by your doctor. This is because Hydrocortisone can worsen conditions that affect the face, such as acne and rosacea.
Can Hydrocortisone be used on lips?
If you have eczema on your lips, your doctor may recommend that you use a small amount of Hydrocortisone on your lips. However, you should not use Hydrocortisone on your lips prior to being evaluated by a doctor. Some conditions affecting the lips, such as cold sores and angular cheilitis, can look like eczema, but could worsen if treated with hydrocortisone. Additionally, it is generally recommended that you avoid applying Hydrocortisone to your face, as it can exacerbate skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.
Can Hydrocortisone help acne?
Topical hydrocortisone is not recommended for the treatment of acne, and in some cases can cause acne to worsen.
Can Hydrocortisone be used for yeast infections?
Hydrocortisone should not be applied to infected areas, including areas affected by a yeast infection. Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid, and can reduce your immune system's ability to fight off the fungus which causes a yeast infection.