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Fight stings and bites with HC45 Cream
HC45 Hydrocortisone Cream
Member Name: SoadFan
HC45 Hydrocortisone Cream
Date: 28/06/10, updated on 17/11/10 (338 review reads)
Advantages: Handy for holiday or home first aid kits
Disadvantages: Must be used thinly/ thins the skin if used regularly
HC45 Hydrocortisone Cream is one of the items I like to keep in my capsule health care/ first aid kit. Its always good to know that if the need arises you have a basic kit at home, which can help deal with cuts, bruises, sprains, stings, bites, aches and pains etc. Best practice, is to keep these items and check them regularly for expiry dates so that everything within the kits is up to date and usable in case of need.
A good quality Hydrocortisone Cream like HC45 can help to reduce inflammation of the skin much more quickly than if things were left to their own devices. In cases of insect/ mosquito bites, we have had instances where the reaction has been very nasty and the area around the bite became very inflamed and swollen. With application of the cream according to the instructions these things have been minimized.
Of course one option is to treat that kind of reaction with an antihistamine product which is taken in either liquid or tablet form. Very often its just as easy to treat insect bites with HC45 Hydrocortisone Cream on its own, as it can counteract the allergic/ inflammatory actions to the skin, that are set off by the body's immune system. At times both are needed for best results.
We have at times had no choice, but to use both products together. Whilst both products do work well alone, they can also be used together, following correct medical guidelines from a qualified professional. When reactions have been more severe, they have together helped to reduce redness and irritation much more quickly than just leaving things to settle on their own.
~Better safe than sorry~
For those with moderate to severe reactions to stings and bites who are going away, I would 100% recommend you take some of the cream with you in a mini first aid kit. After all mozzies and biting insects do tend to be active in hotter climates, especially during the evening time and if you are not prepared its very difficult to locate the correct treatment/ medication needed to deal with such things in a foreign place after dark.
We had a particularly bad incident where one of our party scraped their tummy and chest on rocks when swimming. This caused a really nasty allergic reaction to something they had touched. Within a few hours large red welts appeared on top of the scratches. Luckily we had both antihistamine and hydrocortisone cream in our holiday kit.
If we had not used forward planning and packed those items, we would have had to hunt high and low for chemists that evening. Thank goodness the combo of the cream and the antihistamine tablets, did manage to settle everything down within a few days, although some redness to the skin remained for several weeks afterwards the swelling and itching were very much helped.
The cream is also widely used for patients with eczema, allergic dermatitis and other dry skin problems, which can give much needed relief from itching and redness. Care should be taken when using any corticosteroid cream and instructions from your Dr and/ or chemist should be followed through correctly.
Prolonged use of this type of health care product can result in thinning of the skin. It is widely recommended that any long term use of these type of creams should be avoided if at all possible, so do think about that when using the cream.
When applying the cream to the affected area, always make sure you apply with clean hands/ fingers and use the very least amount of HC45 cream that you can. Let the cream become absorbed in to the skin and begin working its magic and make sure that any residual cream is removed from your hands afterwards by washing them thoroughly.
~Price, packing final rating~
The cream comes in a small easy to handle tube, thats small enough for you to pack in to a small suitcase during holiday trips. The active ingredient in the cream, hydrocortisone acetate has worked well for us in the past and I feel its a must have, for when you have children at home. I feel it should, if at all possible be considered as an important addition to your future holiday healthcare needs. Its better to be safe than sorry after all.
Try not to pay any more than £3.50 to £4 for a 15g tube of this. You don't need a prescription for these types of product either, they can be bought over the counter at most good pharmacies. Remember to apply the thin ish white cream and allow it to become well absorbed before dressing.
With correct usage this is a great health care item. Over all this is a very handy product to have at home / work/ for holidays, etc. So its worthy of a 5 star rate!
Summary: A must have for your first aid kit
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