Eczema will almost always make your skin itch before a rash appears. Typically this skin condition shows itself as itchy, dry, thickened skin. This is usually on the hands, inner creases of the knees and elbows. While this condition is mostly found in children, quite a few adults have gotten it as well.
Dermatitis is when your skin becomes red and tender after you have touched something. In this condition, your immune system is involved. Once you have touched something that is usually quite harmless, your immune system mistakenly believes it to be under attack, and goes on the defence by making antibodies to fight off the invader. A chain of events begins, which in turn causes the release of the chemical known as histamine. This is what causes the reaction that in this case, is the rash.
Eczema, dermatitis, allergies and rashes are just examples of the various types of skin conditions this medication is used as treatment for. Hydrocortisone Butyrate, the active ingredient within Locoid Lipocream, reduces the swelling, itching and redness that can occur in these types of conditions.
Remember, your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.
This medication is to be used on the skin only. Do not use it on the face, groin, or underarms unless directed to do so by your doctor.
Make sure to wash your hands before using. Then clean and dry the affected area. Apply a thin film of the cream onto the affected are and gently rub it into the skin. This is usually done 2 to 3 times a day or as directed by your doctor. Do not bandage, wrap or cover the area unless you have been told otherwise by your doctor.
After the application, make sure to wash your hands, and avoid getting the medication in your eyes. If by chance you do get the cream in your eyes, make sure to flush thoroughly.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Hydrocortisone Butyrate; to other corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone, triamcinolone); or to any other medications or allergies in general.
Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history. Inform you doctor if you have had any of the following; poor blood circulation, diabetes, immune system problems.
Rarely, using corticosteroid medications for a long time or over large areas of skin can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication or have used this medication within the past few months.
Stinging, burning, itching, irritation, dryness, or redness at the application site may occur when this medication is first applied to the skin. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: stretch marks, skin thinning/discoloration, acne, extreme/unwanted hair growth, "hair bumps" (folliculitis).
Skin infections can become worse when this medication is used. Notify your doctor promptly if redness, swelling, or irritation does not improve.
Rarely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream. This can lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid. These side effects are more likely in children, and in people who use this medication for a long time or over large areas of the skin. Tell your doctor right away if any of the following side effects occur: unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, vision problems.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon as you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.