hy·​dro·​cor·​ti·​sone | \ ˌhī-drō-ˈkȯr-tə-ˌsōn, -ˌzōn \

Definition of hydrocortisone

: cortisol especially : cortisol used pharmaceutically

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So can applying a hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion (to ease inflammation and irritation) and taking an oral antihistamine (to combat your body’s release of histamine, the chemical involved in allergic reactions). Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Tips to Prevent Bee and Wasp Stings When Exploring the Great Outdoors," 10 Oct. 2018 Just don't use it on the regs, because using too much hydrocortisone can thin the skin and lead to more breakouts. 4. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "8 Tricks for Getting Rid of Pimples (Almost) Overnight," 6 Apr. 2018 These can be handled via a brief application of ice, topical steroids like 1 percent hydrocortisone (available without a prescription), and oral antihistamines, which can help reduce the itching. Dipesh Navsaria, Houston Chronicle, "What parents should know to prevent — and deal with — bug bites," 6 July 2018 The rash often can be treated with hydrocortisone and antihistamine creams available at most drug stores, according to the Florida Department of Health. Michelle Ewing, ajc, "Sea lice in Florida? Beachgoers warned about itch-inducing pests," 28 June 2018 An over-the-counter hydrocortisone ointment may also help reduce itching. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "Can Shaving Cream Treat a Sunburn? A Dermatologist Weighs In on This Home Remedy Gone Viral," 28 June 2018 Treatment for dermatitis caused by sea lice can include an antihistamine, such diphenhydramine, an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion, or an oatmeal bath. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Sea lice reported on Florida beach," 27 June 2018 Ointments, such as hydrocortisone 1 percent cream or calamine lotion, can lessen symptoms but should not be used on children younger than 2 without a doctor's permission. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Diseases from mosquito and tick bites are on rise in U.S. Here's what you can do about it.," 1 May 2018 First, ice the area, and then apply salicylic acid gel, benzoyl peroxide gel, and 1 percent hydrocortisone cream. Deanna Pai, Allure, "How to Identify and Find the Best Treatment for Every Kind of Acne," 18 Apr. 2018

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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hy·​dro·​cor·​ti·​sone | \ -ˈkȯrt-ə-ˌsōn, -ˌzōn \

Medical Definition of hydrocortisone

: cortisol especially : cortisol used pharmaceutically

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