What is Dermacort?
Dermacort is an anti-inflammatory cream. Dermacort cream contains the active ingredient hydrocortisone, which is a type of medicine called a topical corticosteroid. It reduces skin irritation such as swelling, redness and itch. Dermacort is available online through a Dokteronline.com partner pharmacy.
What is this Dermacort used for?
Dermacort is used to treat skin conditions that involve symptoms such as swelling, redness, itching and/or scaling. It is used to treat eczema, Seborrheic eczema, skin inflammation due to allergies or irritants, and skin reactions to insect bites and stings. When hydrocortisone is applied to the skin it works by acting inside the cells to decrease the release of inflammatory substances which cause blood vessels to widen. This reduces skin irritation and allows the skin to heal. Dermacort relieves itching in only a few hours. Other symptoms may take several days to clear up.
How to use Dermacort
Dermacort cream should be applied to clean, dry skin. Only apply to the affected area(s) of skin and massage in gently until it is fully absorbed. Wash your hands immediately after applying the cream. Avoid contact with the eyes and eyelids. Don’t apply moisturisers to the same area of skin at the same time as this medicine. Try to leave at least 30 minutes between applying moisturisers and this medicine and avoid getting the skin wet, as otherwise the moisturiser or water could dilute the corticosteroid and potentially make it less effective. Only use a dressing with this medicine if the doctor has advised you to do so.
Dermacort should initially be applied daily. As soon as your skin starts to normalise again, you can gradually discontinue use of this medicine. See the package leaflet for more information on the use of Dermacort.
Dermacort is available online from our partner pharmacies in tubes of 15 grams. Dermacort cream contains 0.1% hydrocortisone. Unless otherwise prescribed by a doctor, the usual dose in adults and children aged 10 and above is:
- a thin layer applied to the skin, once or twice daily.
Do not use this medicine continuously for more than seven days without consulting a doctor. Consult a doctor if after seven days of treatment with this medicine there is little or no improvement in your symptoms. Read the package leaflet before use.
Dermacort may cause side effects, although not everyone gets them. Reported side effects include:
- Skin irritation (redness, burning sensation, itching) in the areas where the cream was applied;
- Thinning of the skin;
- Loss of pigment in the treated skin.
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe or persistent. For a complete list of possible side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Dermacort
Dermacort is not suitable for everyone. Do not use this topical corticosteroid if:
- You are allergic to hydrocortisone or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- Your skin is broken;
- You have skin irritation in the face, around the eyes, genitals or anus;
- Your skin problem is caused by fungi, yeasts, viruses, bacteria or parasites.
For more information on contraindications, see the package leaflet.
Do not use Dermacort if you are pregnant or breastfeeding without consulting a doctor first.