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What is Hydrocortisone?

Hydrocortisone is a type of steroid. When applied to the skin it is quickly absorbed to treat any irritation. It also reduces any inflammation, swelling or redness.

How should I use it?

The cream or ointment should be applied thinly, twice daily to the genital area for 10 -14 days, gradually reducing the dose over the last 2 - 3 days.

What if I forget a dose?

If you forget to use the cream or ointment at the correct time, don’t worry. Do not double up on your next application, but carry on as before.

Are there any side effects?

Very occasionally hydrocortisone cream or ointment may cause problems. If your symptoms become worse, or you notice any other symptoms, stop using it and consult your doctor or nurse.

When should I avoid using it?

If you suffer from psoriasis, or if you are using any other creams or ointments on the same area, you should not use the hydrocortisone without first consulting the doctor or nurse.

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