Is hydrocortisone cream similar to cortisone cream

Not medical advice: Yes, cortisone cream is available in over-the-counter strength, sold as hydro-cortisone. Some common uses for hydro-cortisone cream are: psoriasis, dandruff, insect bites, diaper rash, and itching from poison ivy. However, it does not treat bacterial or fungal skin infections.

Cortisone is a steroid, sold as a cream, to relieve itching and minor skin irritations and works by reducing skin inflammation. The cream is absorbed into the skin, but usually not into the blood stream.

As the weather warms up and bee season approaches, it is good to know that applying a cortisone cream can help reduce the effects of a sting!

Updated on Tuesday, March 05 2013 at 12:30AM EST

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