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Relieving The Itch
HC45 Hydrocortisone Cream
Member Name: angelboouk
HC45 Hydrocortisone Cream
Advantages: price, effective, small amount needed, absorbs well
Disadvantages: short term use
Hc45 Hydrocortisone Cream is an anti-inflammatory cream which can be used to treat :
*mild to moderate eczema
It is dermatologically tested and contains hydrocortisone acetate 1.0% w/w. It can be spread sparingly onto the skin (avoid face/genitals) and should only be used once or twice a day and for no longer than 7days at a time.
The hydrocortisone reduces inflammation whilst offering relief from irritation and associated itching. The effects can last for up to 12hours. The cream shouldn't be used on children under 10 without consulting a doctor.
A cardboard box offers various pieces of information regarding the cream. Inside, a small white tube with blue writing is presented. The tube also contains information should you misplace the box. There is a seal inside which needs to be broken and gives reassurance that your tube has not been tampered with.
~Where To Purchase~
This cream can be purchased online or in certain chemists. Boots offer a 15g tube for £3.83.
Whilst my medicine cupboard holds everything from painkillers to upset stomach tablets, one type of product I didn't think of keeping was something to deal with bites. I can remember how a tube of Hc45 came into my possession. It was last July and we were relaxing outside our old flat when I felt a strange, nipping sensation on my arm. It turns out I had been bitten by some insect though I never found out which type of insect!
I went to Boots the next morning as it was driving me crazy and I was prescribed Hc45 cream which looks remarkably like E45..the same company perhaps? Anyway I had never used this cream prior to being prescribed it and one year on, the tube is still with us and has came in handy on a few occasions. The packaging doesn't aim to be attractive but it is a medicinal type product after all. The little tube is easy to piece with the indented lid.
The cream has a light medicinal aroma about it. It appears quite thick on dispensing from the tube but once it makes contact with skin, it starts to melt and absorb. The cream feels quite cooling on the skin which is perfect for when you have been itching like a mad women! The first time I used this, I applied it to my arm where the bite was. It is important you only apply to a small area as it can thin the skin.
The area around the bite was inflammed and I constantly felt the need to itch at it. With a small amount of Hc45 applied, the area immediately felt soothed and calm. The cream absorbed very quickly and literally melts into the skin leaving no greasy residue or scent on my skin. I only needed to use this once each day for around 3 days and by that point, the stingy subsided so the tube was placed in the cupboard for next use.
More recently, I had a really itchy, red mark on the back of my neck which was causing a lot of discomfort especially if anything rubbed against it. I asked the pharmacist to have a look and although she wasn't sure if it was a reaction to something or a sting, she recommended this cream. I asked my fiance to apply it as it was in an awkward area and again, the cream seeped in leaving the area less angry and feeling comforted.
This cream can be used on severe sunburn which is something I encountered recently. Whilst I applied after sun to the main area of my neck and chest, certain parts felt especially uncomfortable (around the bra strap area). I applied a very thin and small amount of Hc45 along this area and experienced an ultra cooling effect which relieved the area but did not rid me of sunburn..I really should be more careful!
Hc45 works efficiently to reduce inflammation and one little tube stands the test of time. My tube is dated until 2013 and even by then, I don't think I will have used it all up. I highly recommend having a tube of this stored in your medicine cabinet as you never know when it might come in handy. Personally, I haven't experienced any side effects though this is a strong cream which must be used sparingly and certainly not for long periods of time.
Highly recommended from me :)
Summary: a good cream for different purposes
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