HYDROCORTISONE, cream and ointment

Prescription under medical supervision

Therapeutic action

– Topical corticosteroid


– Atopic eczema, contact eczema, seborrhoeic dermatitis
– Reactions to insect bites

Forms and strengths

– 1% cream and ointment

Dosage and duration

– Child and adult: one application once daily or 2 times daily to the affected area only, in thin layer, for 7 days maximum

Contra-indications, adverse effects, precautions

– Do not use:
• for more than 7 days;
• in case of acne, rosacea, perioral dermatoses, untreated bacterial (impetigo, etc.), fungal (candidiasis and dermatophytosis) and viral (herpes) skin infections;
• under occlusive dressing, on large areas of skin or on wounds, especially in infants and children (increased local and systemic adverse effects).
– May cause:
• irritations, pruritus, burning sensations, skin eruptions, hypopigmentation, contact eczema and urticaria;
• skin atrophy, dilation of small blood vessels (telangiectasia), stretch marks, skin fragility, delayed wound healing in case of prolonged treatment.
– Apply with precaution to:
• the eyelids and around the eyes (risk of glaucoma and cataract);
• the face (risk of rosacea and thinning of the skin);
• the skin folds (increased adverse effects).
– Pregnancy: no contra-indication
– Breast-feeding: no contra-indication. Do not apply to the breasts.


– The cream and ointment are interchangeable. However, preferably use the cream on moist lesions and the ointment on dry and scaly lesions.
– Storage: below 25 °C -