Over-the-Counter (OTC) Corticosteroids for Allergy
Hydrocortisone (Cortaid) is a cream-based over-the-counter allergic medicine used topically for various allergies.
Hydrocortisone is the active ingredient of the over-the-counter topical corticosteroid Cortaid. It can be used to treat allergies from insect bites, bee stings, poison ivy or oak allergy, allergy from metal toxins and other allergies. This OTC medicine is available in the form of cream and ointment.(6)
Indications – Red itchy skin, psoriasis, rash and hives.
Contraindications – Discontinue and seek medical help if the condition persists or worsens after 7 days.
Dosage – Apply to the affected areas as a thin film 2 to 4 times a day depending upon severity of the allergic reaction.
Precautions and Warnings:
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