Hydrocortisone 1% cream is a mild steroid.
The chance of unwanted side-effects is greatest when very potent steroids are used on large areas of skin for long periods of time. Unwanted side-effects are very rare when a mild or moderately potent steroid is used for short periods.
The most common side-effects occur locally in the areas of skin treated with the steroid.
Probably the most well known is thinning of the skin (atrophy), which sometimes results in permanent stretch marks (striae). Fine blood vessels may swell and become prominent under the skin surface (telangiectasia), again a permanent change.
There may be a temporary loss of pigment in the areas of skin treated; this may be more noticeable in dark-skinned people.
Sometimes the skin may become allergic to the steroid, making the skin condition appear to get worse.
The skin may also bruise more easily and become more susceptible to infection.
- Hydrocortisone Information for Consumers
- Hydrocortisone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Hydrocortisone (detailed)
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