Hydromol Intensive HC cream is a topical treatment indicated for certain skin conditions, such as psoriasis. It contains two agents, which are a corticosteroid and an emollient. Together, these ingredients provide relief from skin inflammation and reduce dryness. Alliance market Hydromol in the UK, with is only available to buy on prescription.
- Fast-acting relief from skin inflammation
- Contains a corticosteroid and an emollient
- Simple to apply
Psoriasis is a chronic condition. It usually appears before the age of 35, and will undergo periods of flare-up and remission. Typical symptoms include skin dryness, irritation, itching, redness, and the appearance of scaly skin flakes. Pustules may also develop in rarer cases. According to the NHS, it affects two in every 100 people in the UK.
It is not fully understood what causes the condition or why it occurs, but the immune system is thought to play a role. Sometimes, the body’s defences can perceive a threat when there is none present, and release inflammatory chemicals as a response. Known as autoimmune conditions, these illnesses are often characterised by redness and swelling in particular parts of the body. In the case of psoriasis, the immune system is thought to wrongly attack skin cells; causing the body to generate new cells at an increased rate.
Several triggers are thought to be associated with flare-ups. These can vary from one person to another, but those more commonly identified include stress, smoking, drinking too much alcohol, hormonal fluctuations or a reaction to medication. Taking measures to avoid these triggers can help to limit the likelihood of symptoms, but this may not always be possible and in some cases, treatment may be necessary.
Hydrocortisone medicine is a popular port of call for many instances. This is a type of corticosteroid and is present in Hydromol HC intensive cream. It works by inhibiting the action of inflammatory chemicals, and reducing redness and irritation in the area affected. This cream also contains urea, which is an emollient. This works by helping the skin to retain moisture, thereby alleviating dry skin and flakiness.
This medication is only available on prescription. If you have developed new symptoms, or have not taken this treatment before, we recommend you see your GP in person.
We do not provide psoriasis medicines through our service at this time. Please refer to your GP if you are seeking to renew your existing prescription.
Prior to using this medicine, you should acquaint yourself with the instructions provided in the patient information leaflet. The treatment is less likely to induce side effects if you follow the directions issued by your prescribing doctor.
- Administer according to your doctor’s instructions.
- This will usually be a thin layer applied sparingly to the affected area of skin.
- Wash and carefully dry the area to be treated before use.
- It should not be used on moist or broken areas of skin.
- If you forget to use it, don’t worry. Simply carry on using the cream as scheduled.
More detailed instructions can be found in the leaflet supplied.
Please note that not everyone will experience side effects when using this treatment. You should nonetheless be aware of the side effects associated with this item prior to use, so that you can take the appropriate action in the event that they occur.
Possible side effects:
Irritation of cracked or moist skin, infections may spread or get worse, red marks or lines, inflammation of the skin, acne, slight loss of pigmentation where the cream is used, or skin thinning.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information on side effects, or consult the leaflet provided.
Taking it with other medicines
Let your doctor know if you are using any other treatments during consultation.
Conditions to look out for
It should not be used on acne, infected skin or red, inflamed skin on the face and mouth.
Your prescriber also needs to know if you have moist or weeping skin, or have been using corticosteroids for a long period of time.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
There is very limited information on the effects of this product during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant, you should speak to your doctor first before using this or any medication.
Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes. Please note however, that excessive alcohol consumption may make psoriasis symptoms worse.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes. Your capacity to drive is not likely to be affected. However, if you experience any side effects which may make driving difficult or unsafe, do not drive and let your doctor know as soon as possible.
Can I take the medicine while pregnant?
It may not be suitable for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Speak to your doctor before using this or any other medications in such cases.
How should I store it?
Keep it in a safe environment below 25°C and out of the reach of children.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
This product contains the following: hydrocortisone, urea, white soft paraffin, isopropyl myristate, maize starch, glyceryl tribehenate, palmitic acid, sorbitan laurate and polyoxyethylene fatty glyceride.
It should not be used by anyone who is allergic to any of these constituents.
Is it available over-the-counter?
You can only buy Hydromol HC intensive cream online or in person with a prescription.
Is it right for me?
If you have not used this treatment before, or have developed new skin symptoms, you will need to speak to your GP. They will examine your condition and initiate a prescription where required.
Please note that we do not provide this treatment via our online service at this time.
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