Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Hydrocortisone Cream

Hydrocortisone Cream

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Medication features

  • Available in hydrocortisone cream or ointment
  • Fast & effective relief for inflammation and redness of the skin
  • Effective for mild to moderate eczema & dermatitis
  • 15g tube


Buy Hydrocortisone Cream Online

You can buy Hydrocortison cream online, from our UK registered online pharmacy. After completing a short assessment, our pharmacy can dispense and dispatch the treatment to your door.

Hydrocortisone can be bought as both a cream and an ointment, depending on the use and preference.

What is Hydrocortisone cream?

It is a steroid cream that belongs to a group of medicines known as steroids. Steroids are used to reduce inflammation in a variety of skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, skin allergic reactions, and insect bites.

Hydrocortisone cream is a type of topical steroid that is available over the counter (OTC) or via prescription from your GP. It contains the active ingredient hydrocortisone 1%.Corticosteroids are hormones produced naturally by the adrenal gland in the body. They play an important role in regulating inflammation, immune response, and metabolism.

What is it for?

Hydrocortisone cream is used to treat a range of skin conditions, including:

  1. Eczema: A skin condition that causes red, itchy, and inflamed skin.

  2. Psoriasis: A chronic autoimmune disorder that causes thick, scaly patches on the skin.

  3. Dermatitis: A condition that causes itchy, red, and inflamed skin, often as a result of an allergic reaction.

  4. Insect bites and stings: A bite or sting from an insect can cause inflammation and itching.

  5. Rashes: A rash can occur due to an allergic reaction, irritation, or infection, and can cause redness, itching, and inflammation.

  6. Contact dermatitis: A type of skin rash that occurs when the skin comes into contact with a substance that causes an allergic reaction.

Hydrocortisone cream can also be used to treat other skin conditions as prescribed by a doctor or healthcare professional. It is important to use hydrocortisone cream as directed, and to seek medical advice if symptoms persist or worsen.

How does it work?

Skin problems often occur when the body begins to attack an area of skin. This can be due to contact with an allergen (causing dermatitis) or an autoimmune disorder such as eczema. This results in inflammation that causes the skin to become red and itchy. Hydrocortisone targets this immune system attack and lowers its response in the area, allowing the skin to heal.

Hydrocortisone Side effects

All medicines can have side effects, but not everyone will experience them. Most people tolerate hydrocortisone well, however, you may experience:

  • Burning or stinging
  • A rash or itchy skin
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • Dry or peeling skin

The risks of side effects may increase with long-term treatment. You should not use this medicine for more than 7 days without a doctors instruction.

To minimise side effects, you can try using a smaller amount, or applying the treatment less frequently. Sometimes, using a  moisturiser in conjection with hydrocortisone can also help.

How to apply Hydrocortisone?

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Apply a small amount to the affected area once or twice a day for a maximum of 7 days.
  3. Massaged the treated area to assist with absorption.
  4. Do NOT cover the area with a dressing or plaster.

If you forget to apply a dose, use the medicine once you remember. If you remember after the next dose was already due, skip the missed dose and keep applying as usual.


  • You are allergic to steroids or any ingredient listed
  • You have a skin infection including bacterial, viral, and fungal infections
  • The intended area for use is on the face, near eyes, or broken skin
  • A child is under 10 years without prior medical advice

If the condition has worsened, or not improved after 7 days you should go back to your doctor or pharmacist.

Leave at least 30 minutes between applying creams, ointments or lotions onto the treated area to allow the medicine to absorb fully.

What alternatives are there?

There are many different types of steroid creams, ointments and lotions available on the market. Each has a different potency and may not be suitable for every patient. You should be checking with your doctor or pharmacist regarding what option may be best for you.

Other steroid creams include:

  • Prescribed hydrocortisone - still 1% but available in large quantities
  • Eumovate - moderately potent
  • Betnovate - potent
  • Fucibet - potent steroid with bacteria killer
  • Fucidin H - antibiotic/ steroid combination


Info Leaflet

You should read the patient information leaflet for more information on any treatment you intend to use.

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