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Does hydrocortisone cream stop itching?

Medically reviewed by Sally Chao, MD. Last updated on May 30, 2022.

Official answer


Yes. Hydrocortisone blocks substances in the skin that cause itching and inflammation. Hydrocortisone cream passes through the skin to block the substances that cause itching.

  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) 0.1%. October 2014. Available at: [Accessed April 30, 2022].

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