Hydrocortisone 1% w/w Cream – 15g (Brand May Vary)

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Hydrocortisone 1% w/w cream is a topical cream that provides fast and effective relief from itching.

It is commonly used for sufferers of eczema, dermatitis, itchy insect bites and other common skin conditions.


How Hydrocortisone 1% w/w cream works

Hydrocortisone belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids. They work by calming down the inflammation that occurs during certain skin conditions or reactions.



Always use Hydrocortisone 1% cream exactly as described in the patient information leaflet or as your doctor / Chemist4U pharmacist has told you. 

For application to the skin, gently apply a thin layer 2-3 times per day.


Side effects

Like all medicines, Hydrocortisone 1% cream may cause side effects in some people, but these won’t affect everybody. Common side effects include: 


  • Change of skin colour 
  • An increased amount of hair where the cream has been applied
  • Adverse effects on adrenal gland function if used over a long period of time
  • Thinning skin, wider blood vessels, stretch marks
  • Blurred vision


If you experience any side effects, including any not included in the patient information leaflet, you can report them using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme.


Serious side effects

Seek emergency medical attention if you notice any signs of a severe allergic reaction, symptoms of which include swelling of the face and throat, skin rash, breathing difficulties and/or loss of consciousness. 

If the product is used continuously for a prolonged period of time, a withdrawal reaction can occur upon stopping treatment. This can include the following symptoms:


  • Redness of the skin that can extend beyond the treated area
  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • Intense itching 
  • Peeling of the skin 
  • Oozing 
  • Open sores



Hydrocortisone cream may be unsuitable for certain people. Do not use this product if you are allergic to any of the ingredients or if you have any of the following:


  • Athlete’s foot
  • Cold sores
  • Chickenpox
  • Shingles 
  • Impetigo 
  • Ringworm 
  • Thrush 
  • Infected lesions 
  • Ulcerative conditions 
  • Red appearance on the face 
  • Perioral dermatitis 
  • Acne 


Talk to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this medicine if any of the following apply: 


  • You have psoriasis 
  • Have a skin infection that is getting worse despite being on antibiotics 
  • You are applying the cream under an airtight dressing
  • You will be applying the cream to your face


This product is flammable. Do not use a naked flame near it. Make sure you are washing your bedding and clothing frequently to prevent the materials from becoming flammable. 

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, you must ask your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist for advice before using any new products. 


Storage information

Store below 25°C in a cool, dry place out of sight and reach of children. Do not use after the expiry date, referring to the last day of the month stated on the packaging. Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste.


Important information

This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before using this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after using this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk

If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before using this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.

Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.

Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.

Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.



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I have a very mild form of phymosis and my doctor recommended hydrocortisone 1%, is this cream suitable?

Phimosis is defined as the inability to retract the skin (foreskin or prepuce) covering the head (glans) of the penis. Phimosis may appear as a tight ring or “rubber band” of foreskin around the tip of the penis, preventing full retraction.

Hydrocortisone Cream CANNOT be used for this.

For more information, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/phimosis/

I've got eczema on my eyelid - would this be suitable?

Hydrocortisone cream isn't licensed to be used on the face and this includes the eye lids. I would suggest lidcare wipes.

I have an itchy bottom, which cream would you recommend to help?

We would need to know more about your condition and where the itch is before recommending a treatment.

For example, if the itch is around your anus you may have threadworm, but we would need to know more to be certain.

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Hydrocortisone 1% w/w Cream – 15g (Brand May Vary) Reviews

Mrs Pauline Barry,
Have had this prescribed before but needed extra, good price & quality.
Great for stopping insect bites itching. Thank you very much.
Mark Hanly,
Great price
Joanne Mcneice,
Great price

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