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Hydrocortisone

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Hydrocortisone, also known as cortisol, is a steroid hormone used to treat the inflammatory response to allergic reactions and skin conditions. It appears in a wide range of medications, including treatments for eczema, atopic dermatitis, itching, sweat rash, piles (haemorrhoids) and athlete's foot.

For further information and advice on hydrocortisone, please see the hydrocortisone information section at the bottom of the page or visit our choosing a hydrocortisone category.

Popular Hydrocortisones

Hydrocortisone Cream 1% 15g
Hydrocortisone Cream 1% 15g
Daktacort HC Cream 15g
Daktacort HC Cream 15g
Anusol Plus HC Suppositories 12
Anusol Plus HC Suppositories 12
Germoloids HC Spray 30ml
Germoloids HC Spray 30ml
Lanacort Ointment 15g
Lanacort Ointment 15g

Hydrocortisone Products

Hydrocortisone Cream

Hydrocortisone Cream  
Hydrocortisone creams are the most common form of hydrocortisone product available. Click the link to see our full range.   More >>>
 

Hydrocortisone Ointment

Hydrocortisone Ointment  
As ointments are thicker and heavier than creams, a hydrocortisone ointment can be helpful when contact with the affected area is required for a lengthy period of time.   More >>>

Hydrocortisone Suppositories

Hydrocortisone Suppositories  
A hydrocortisone suppository is designed to deliver soothing treatment to the affected area for an extended period of time.   More >>>
 

Hydrocortisone Sprays

Hydrocortisone Sprays  
A hydrocortisone spray is particularly useful if the affected area is at risk of infection or further irritation if touched directly.   More >>>

Brands

Anusol
Anusol
Daktacort
Daktacort
Dermacort
Dermacort
Eurax
Eurax
Germoloids
Germoloids
HC45
HC45
Lanacort
Lanacort

Choosing a Hydrocortisone

How to choose the right hydrocortisone?

How to choose the right hydrocortisone?

Daktacort HC and Canesten HC are strong hydrocortisone creams with an added antifungal for inflamed fungal conditions such as athlete's foot and sweat rash. Otherwise, HC45 and Lanacort are the strongest hydrocortisone creams available without a prescription. Eurax and Dermacort have a lower concentration of hydrocortisone. Stronger HC creams are available only on prescription.

Hydrocortisone Information

What is hydrocortisone?

Hydrocortisone is a synthetic form of cortisol, a steroid that has numerous effects in humans. When applied to the skin it has an anti-inflammatory effect. It also suppresses the immune system which can alleviate some allergic reactions.

What is a steroid?

Steroids are a class of chemicals found frequently in nature and which tend to have a hormonal effect in humans.

What conditions can hydrocortisone treat?

  • Occasional, mild or moderate eczema. Hydrocortisone can provide symptomatic relief for the inflammation and itching associated with eczema.
  • Dermatitis (a general term for any irritation of the skin).
  • Allergic reactions to insect bites.
  • Inflammation caused by fungal skin infections such as infected sweat rash or athlete's foot (typically in conjunction with an antifungal, as is the case with Daktacort HC or Canesten HC).
  • Reducing the swelling associated with piles.
  • Treating the inflammation and itching associated with severe sunburn.

    However, hydrocortisone is a strong and serious chemical and should not be used willy nilly (see next section). If you don't absolutely need a hydrocortisone cream then don't use one! Simple itching conditions can be treated using an anaesthetic such as Lanacane. Use hydrocortisone creams only where there is inflammation or an allergic reaction that cannot be tackled using less powerful alternatives.

    What are the dangers of using hydrocortisone?

    Warning: Hydrocortisone does have a tendency to cause skin damage when used in the long term. It can also make the skin thinner. For this reason, it should not be used on the delicate skin of the face or genitals unless prescribed by a doctor: this is a legal condition of sale. It's worth making this clear: hydrocortisone products are not suitable for long-term use unless under medical supervision. In general, a week is long enough to be using a hydrocortisone product. This is why we do not provide quantity discounts on hydrocortisone products.

    In addition, hydrocortisone is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers unless under medical supervision.

    When should I stop using a hydrocortisone cream?

    Unless prescribed by a doctor, you should stop using hydrocortisone creams as soon as the symptoms have cleared up. If the symptoms persist, you should seek professional advice from a GP or dermatologist.
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