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Hc45 Hydrocortisone Cream
HC45 Hydrocortisone Cream
Author Name: daisylee3
HC45 Hydrocortisone Cream
Advantages: Affordable, effective
Disadvantages: Can't be used by certain people (eg young children, pregnant women), can't be used for long
I've suffered from the skin condition eczema for around four years now. It's an unpleasant condition which causes quite a bit of discomfort due to the itchiness and soreness. I suffered in silence for around a year but after my bouts of eczema became more regular I decided to visit my doctor and he prescribed me various lotions and potions to apply onto my skin, one of which being hydrocortisone (steroid) cream. I've used quite a few different steroid creams over the years with the most recent being the Hc45 hydrocortisone cream, which my doctor prescribed to me last year when my eczema had flared up again on my ankles, arms and wrists.
**What is hydrocortisone cream?**
Hydrocortisone cream is a topical steroid cream. It is used to relieve the skin from any itchiness and irritation and also reduces inflammation. This particular brand of steroid cream has been specially formulated to alter your body's response to inflammatory reactions (eg eczema, insect bites etc), and once applied it leaves skin feeling calm and soothed. The cream works by reducing the amount of inflammatory substances in the skin, meaning the skin doesn't flare up half as much as it would without the cream and it is left feeling soothed. Hydrocortisone cream is also able to reduce itchiness so it's particullary handy for eczema or insect bites.
It is also able to treat conditions such as..
Irritated or inflamed red skin
Mild to moderate eczema
Contact or allergic dermatitis
**Price and availability**
I was prescribed my tube of this by my doctor a while ago now, and it's widely available. It can be purchased from a variety of shops (including supermarkets), online retailers, as well as been available on prescription. It's reasonably priced at an average of £3-£4 per 15 gram tube.
The product comes in a white cardboard box with all the information on it (including directions of use, health warnings etc) on it. It also has the brand written on it in large font over a blue background, along with the product name, so it's clear what the product is and what it does. Inside the box you get a tube of the cream which has a top that screws off. The opening of the tube is foil sealed which will need to be broken with the sharp bit of the tube's lid or alternatively a knife. I then then just squeeze it gently to get the cream out.
This product thins skin so it's important not to use too much of it and it shouldn't be used for more than seven days at a time. It shouldn't be used anywhere near the eyes, face, anal or genital area. It also shouldn't be used on broken or infected skin (including acne, cold sores and athletes foot). Children under ten years old should not use this without medical advice and it's not suitable for use if you are pregnant.
I first started using this cream last year after my eczema flared up on my ankles, arms and wrists. It was itchy and painful and my doctor prescribed me this along with some E45 cream. He made it clear that the product should not be used too often and that I shouldn't use it for more than seven days in a row. He gave me instructions stating that I should apply a thin layer onto the effected skin at night time.
The cream itself is quite thick with a vaseline type texture/look to it. It has no smell at all. I only needed a tiny amount to cover the large patches of eczema on my ankles, arms and wrists and it was easy to apply. The texture is thick however smooth and lightweight and it goes onto the skin evenly. It doesn't leave the skin feeling wet or greasy but it does sit on the skin for a while rather than sinking in straight away. It also has a shiny appearence but as the cream sinks into the skin this subsides.
The first few times I used this my skin was very itchy and inflamed, and I was concerned that putting the cream onto it may make it worse or possibly make it itch even more, or sting. However, I didn't experience any soreness or stinging sensations from it at all and it did definetly make the itchiness more bearable. It didn't completely make the skin stop itching but it calmed it alot and it didn't make the itching worse at all.
It didn't take long to notice a difference in how itchy my skin was and I felt relieved and much happier once i'd applied the cream as the difference was so quickly noticeable. I used this once a day for a week and it definetly made a difference. I could tell just by looking at my skin that the cream had helped because rather than looking red and angry, it was a dull pink colour and much dryer than before. After I stopped using the cream my eczema didn't flare up again for a while, and it healed reasonably well.
I've used this cream about three times now for a week at a time and i'm very impressed with it, it's easy to use and it definetly helps reduce itchiness/inflammation and I also think that it helps speed up the healing process. It is not a cure at all but it makes my skin condition more bearable and aids in clearing up my eczema quicker than it would without the cream. The only downside I can think of is that it can't be used often. Other than that it's brilliant in my opinion. It's affordable and does what it promises. It's a must-have in my medicine cabinet and it's the first thing I reach for at the first sign that my eczema is flaring up again. 5/5 stars.
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