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Choosing a Hydrocortisone

It can be a bit tricky trying to choose the right product to treat your condition, especially when you're advised that not every type of hydrocortisone product will be suitable for you. Surely hydrocortisone is just hydrocortisone so why all the restrictions?

Hydrocortisone products range in strength and should be used very carefully. If you choose a product that is either too strong a treatment for your condition or the wrong type of treatment altogether, the Express Chemist pharmacist can not allow us to send it to you.
To learn more technical information about Hydrocortisone...

We have made it easier for you to choose the correct hydrocortisone product and even if you don't get it right, our pharmacist can recommend an effective alternative for you.
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Eczema, Dermatitis, Allergic Rashes...

The creams featured below are suitable for mild to moderate eczema, contact dermatitis and bite/sting skin reactions.

If you have infected or cracking eczema, or any open or weeping wounds or sores, DO NOT apply hydrocortisone directly to them. In a case of infected eczema, why not try Skinsure Plus which moisturises and protects but also has an antibacterial ingredient. Alternatively, Sudocrem is an excellent moisturising barrier cream that has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial ingredients.

For severe itching associated with eczema, why not try Eurax or E45 Itch Relief Cream?
  • Hc45 Hydrocortisone Cream 15g

    Hc45 Hydrocortisone Cream 15g

    HC45 treats irritated eczema and other inflamed skin conditions. Smooth white cream containing: Hydrocortisone acetate 1% w/w and is the strongest hydrocortisone cream for eczema & dermatitis without prescription.

    (incl VAT)
  • Hydrocortisone Cream 1% 15g

    Hydrocortisone Cream 1% 15g

    Strong Hydrocortisone.
    1% cream to treat eczema, contact dermatitis, allergic rashes and stings.

    (incl VAT)
  • Eurax HC Cream 15g

    Eurax HC Cream 15g

    Eurax HC treats inflamed skin conditions, together with the anti-itching ingredient of Eurax. Cream containing: Crotamiton 10% w/w, Hydrocortisone 0.25% w/w.

    (incl VAT)
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Stronger Hydrocortisone is available only on prescription. If you feel you need a stronger amount, please visit your GP.

Athlete's foot & Infected Sweat Rash...

Athlete's Foot and Infected Sweat Rash are fungal infections of the skin. These can be treated with a combination of Hydrocortisone cream and an antifungal treatment. The products below (Canesten HC and Daktacort) contain both an antifungal ingredient and a hydrocortisone.

Important! You must not use hydrocortisone alone on these fungal conditions (ie. the products listed in the section above). If you only use hydrocortisone on these conditions it could actually make the problem worse due to the way that hydrocortisone works. However, if wish to purchase a separate hydrocortisone cream and a separate anti-fungal treatment (such as Daktarin) and use them together, you may. If you do this PLEASE make this perfectly clear in the answers you give to our pharmacy questions at the checkout, otherwise our pharmacist will not allow the order to leave us without having to communicate with you first.


Jock Itch is a fungal infection of the groin caused by ringworm but it is commonly confused with sweat rash. Hydrocortisones must not be applied to the ano-genital area because the skin is delicate and thinner there. We recommend using an antifungal treatment to treat the groin.

Fungal Candidal infections like Thrush and Oral Thrush need specific antifungal treatments.

The products on this page are not licensed for use on the genitals, anus or face. If you have an inflamed skin condition on these more delicate areas, visit your GP who can prescribe or advise an appropriate treatment.
  • Daktacort HC Cream 15g

    Daktacort HC Cream 15g

    Daktacort HC Cream is for inflamed fungal infections such as Athlete's Foot and Sweat Rash. It contains Miconazole nitrate 2% w/w, Hydrocortisone acetate equivalent to hydrocortisone 1% w/w which means that it is a triple action cream; anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.

    (incl VAT)
  • Canesten Hydrocortisone Athlete's Foot 1% Cream 15g

    Canesten Hydrocortisone Athlete's Foot 1% Cream 15g

    Canesten HC is for inflamed fungal infections such as Athlete's Foot and Sweat Rash. It contains Clotrimazole 1% w/w, Hydrocortisone 1% w/w.

    (incl VAT)

Piles (Haemorrhoids)...

A very mild dose of hydrocortisone can be used to reduce the swelling in piles. Specially formulated products containing a low percentage of hydrocortisone have been manufactured by Anusol and Germoloids.

Impotrant! You must not apply high strength hydrocortisone cream to the anus. Please use the HC products listed in the section below.
  • Anusol Plus HC Ointment 15g

    Anusol Plus HC Ointment 15g

    The original Anusol formulation but with added hydrocortisone acetate (0.25% w/w) to help reduce inflammation and discomfort.

    (incl VAT)
  • Anusol Plus HC Suppositories 12x

    Anusol Plus HC Suppositories 12x

    The Anusol HC formulation in a convenient suppository form. Contains Hydrocortisone acetate 10mg.

    (incl VAT)