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Hydrocortisone Cream

This medicine is used to temporarily relieve itching and minor skin irritation, inflammation and rashes due to poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and other conditions.  It is also used to relieve external feminine and anal itching.  Doctors may occasionally recommend it for other reasons.

This medicine is for external use only.  Avoid contact with the eyes.

If you and/or your child are using this medicine for external or anal itching, clean the affected area with mild soap and warm water first.  Rinse the area thoroughly by patting or blotting it with an appropriate cleansing pad.

Gently dry the area by patting or blotting it with toilet tissue or a soft cloth.  Apply this medicine to the affected area not more than 3 or 4 times a day or as directed.

If the condition worsens, or if symptoms persist for more than 7 days or if symptoms recur, stop using this medicine and contact your doctor.  If bleeding occurs, contact your doctor at once.

Do not use any other hydrocortisone product unless advised to do so by your health care provider.

Do not put this product into the rectum using fingers or any mechanical device or applicator.

Do not use this medicine for the treatment of diaper rash.

Consult a health care provider before using this medicine for external and itching on children under 12 years of age.

Do not use this medicine on children under 2 years of age without talking to a health care provider.

Last Updated: 12/17/08