Dermacort

Hydrocortisone

Dermacort is a product used to treat skin irritation, such as eczema. It is a topical cream, which relieves symptoms when it is absorbed into the skin.

We do not provide this medication online. To find out more about eczema treatments, speak to your GP.

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Description

Dermacort is a medication used to treat skin conditions, such as dermatitis and eczema. It is a topical cream which is applied to the affected area of skin twice daily, for no longer than a week. The medication contains a type of corticosteroid, called hydrocortisone. Dermacort, which is marketed in the UK by Marlborough, is only available to buy online with a prescription. This is so that a doctor can make sure that it is suitable prior to issue.

  1. Tackles eczema
  2. Simple to use twice daily cream
  3. One week course

Eczema causes the skin to become very dry. This can lead to symptoms such as cracked skin, redness, irritation and itching. The areas of the body which tend to be affected most by eczema are the backs of the knees, the arms and hands. It can also occur on the face and scalp.

No-one knows why eczema happens in some people and not others. However, the condition has been linked to allergies and asthma. This, combined with the inflammatory nature of the condition, has led many experts to posit that it is related to an overactive immune system.

Symptoms typically go through periods of flare-up and remission. Common eczema triggers might be allergens such as pollen or chemicals in cosmetic products, such as shampoos or soaps. Hormonal changes in the body, as well as medications, also have the potential to cause a flare.

When treating the condition, a doctor may choose to issue a topical cream such as Dermacort to help reduce the severity of symptoms. The functioning constituent in this medicine is hydrocortisone, which is a type of drug called a corticosteroid. This works by reducing the effects of chemicals released by the immune system, soothing inflammation and thereby alleviating soreness and irritation.

If you have not had your symptoms seen by a doctor, you should make an appointment with your GP in person.

Please note that we do not offer this treatment through our online service. Speak to your GP if you are looking for suitable help for eczema symptoms.

Page last reviewed:  13/10/2017
Directions

When using this medication, it is vital to follow the directions given by your prescriber, and also to familiarise yourself with the instructions in the patient information leaflet prior to use. This will help you to lower the risk of side effects and get the most beneficial results from the medication.

  1. Apply as prescribed.
  2. This, in most cases, will be a thin layer spread over the affected area, twice a day.
  3. Roughly two fingertip units (as demonstrated in the leaflet) is enough for both hands or a single foot.
  4. For the treatment of one whole arm, three fingertip units should suffice.
  5. When applying, carefully rub in the cream until it has disappeared.
  6. Make sure you wash your hands both before and after use.
  7. It should not be used for more than one week. Where symptoms persist, contact your doctor.

The above is intended only as a guide. More detailed information can be located in the leaflet provided.

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Page last reviewed:  13/10/2017
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Side effects & Warnings

Let your doctor know right away if you notice your symptoms becoming worse when using this item, as it may be indicative of a skin infection or allergic reaction.

Taking it with other medicines

Inform your doctor during consultation of any other medications you are currently taking.

Conditions to look out for

Tell your prescriber if you have or ever have had any conditions which may affect your capacity to use this medication.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Do not use Dermacort and ask your doctor for advice if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Page last reviewed:  13/10/2017
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Q&A

Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes. The treatment is not thought to be affected by alcohol.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes. Your capacity to drive is not likely to be inhibited.

Can I take the medicine while pregnant?

It is not suitable for use during pregnancy, and may also not be suitable during breastfeeding. In such cases, discuss the taking of this or any medication with your doctor beforehand.

How should I store it?

Keep it in a safe place below 25°C and out of the reach of children.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

This product contains: hydrocortisone, propylene glycol, emulsifying ointment, citric acid and purified water.

If you are allergic to any of these substances, do not use it.

Is it available over-the-counter?

To buy Dermacort you will need a prescription issued by a clinician. This is to make sure that the treatment is suitable for you.

Is it right for me?

If you are seeking eczema treatment for the first time, you should see your GP in person. They will initiate a prescription where necessary.

Please note that we do not offer this treatment online through our service.

Page last reviewed:  13/10/2017
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