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Dioderm cream is used to treat mild to moderate eczema. It contains the active ingredient hydrocortisone, which is a type of medicine called a topical corticosteroid. More information

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What is Dioderm?

Dioderm cream is used to treat mild to moderate eczema. It contains the active ingredient hydrocortisone, which is a type of medicine called a topical corticosteroid. Dioderm is available online through a Dokteronline.com partner pharmacy.

What is Dioderm used for?

Dioderm is used to treat eczema. Acute eczema is characterised by redness of the affected areas of skin, itching, and fluid-filled lumps or blisters in affected areas. Chronic eczema often causes symptoms such as flaky, dry or thickened skin. Eczema is an itchy inflammation of the skin. Dioderm reduces inflammation, allowing the skin to become supple and calm. Dioderm is also suitable for use in children and infants.

How to use Dioderm

Dioderm should be applied thinly to the affected area(s) of skin. Massage the cream into the skin until it is fully absorbed. Wash your hands directly after applying the cream and avoid contact with the eyes. Corticosteroids should be used for the shortest possible time. As soon as the condition starts to improve, you should use Dioderm less frequently (for instance every other day, then every other two days and so on). Consult a doctor for more information. Do not apply dressings or bandages over the treated area of skin unless you have been instructed to do so by a doctor. The use of dressings or bandages increases the chance of side effects.


Dioderm can be ordered online via a Dokteronline.com partner pharmacy. Treatment duration and dosage should be determined by a doctor. The typical dose in adults and children is:

  • a thin layer applied to the affected area(s) twice daily.

Dioderm should be used no longer than seven days in infants and small children. Read the package leaflet before use.

Side effects

Dioderm is generally well tolerated, although in rare cases people may experience side effects. If Dioderm is used long term, on large areas of skin, raw or broken skin, or under airtight dressings (including nappies) it is absorbed into the body more. This increases the risk of local side effects such as:

  • Skin irritation at the application site;
  • Thinning of the treated skin;
  • Striae (stripe-like skin marks).

Consult a doctor or pharmacist if you experience any side effects. For more information, see the package leaflet.

When not to use Dioderm

Dioderm is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:

  • You are allergic to hydrocortisone or any other ingredient in this medicine;
  • You have a skin disorder other than eczema, for example acne, a fungal skin infection or rosacea;
  • Your skin is broken.

If you are currently taking medication, you should consult a doctor on the use of Dioderm to avoid potential interactions.

Pregnancy/driving ability/alcohol

Do not use Dioderm if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, unless otherwise advised by your doctor.

Dioderm does not affect your ability to drive or interact with alcohol.

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