Cortisone cream is an ointment that is used to treat inflamed areas on the body. It is applied topically and can be prescribed for various conditions. Cortisone, the chemical, is actually a steroid hormone. It is used in different medication. Some are administered orally, others intravenously, and so on. Cortisone cream, however, is always administered topically.
There are many kinds of cortisone cream available in the market. They vary depending on the brand and the strength of the steroid hormone contained in the product. Cortisone cream that contain strong steroids is only sold with a doctor’s prescription.
Cortisone cream is also available over the counter in another form - hydrocortisone. For mild cases of skin irritation such as rashes, hydrocortisone is a good choice. It is also used for other conditions such as hemorrhoids. Hydrocortisone is water-soluble and can be bought at any drugstore. While this kind of cream is available without a prescription, it is still advisable to seek the opinion of a medical professional before you treat a skin condition with hydrocortisone, especially if you have not had the chance to use it before. This is due to the fact that cortisone does have adverse side effects on some people. These effects range from dryness to allergic reactions. More often than not, it is only when hydrocortisone does not work that doctors prescribe the stronger forms of cortisone cream.
Specific skin conditions wherein cortisone cream is useful are eczema, psoriasis, dandruff, diaper rash, insect bites, and other types of rashes.