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What Are the Most Common Uses for Hydrocortisone Valerate?

Irritation from insect bites or poison ivy may be treated with hydrocortisone.
Hydrocortisone valerate cream.
Hydrocortisone valerate can be used to treat skin conditions.
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Hydrocortisone valerate is a medicated skin ointment used to treat a number of dermatological conditions, including dermatitis, eczema, skin inflammation from an allergic reaction, and other skin conditions that can cause itchy, inflamed rashes to develop. This synthetic corticosteroid ointment can relieve the inflammation and intense itching sensations caused by inflamed rashes. It is not a cure for any disease or health condition, and should only be used as a compliment to other medical treatment.

When applied regularly, this ointment could help reduce, but not eliminate, the appearance of eczema. Eczema is a skin condition that can cause scaly, inflamed rashes to appear on the face and body. While hydrocortisone valerate is not the main medication used to treat this condition, it can help by reducing how inflamed these rashes look. Normally the affected areas of the skin can look red or brown, but this medication helps lessen the redness, reduces the inflammation, and sometimes helps stop the itching that can accompany them.

This medication can also benefit cases of dermatitis, a condition characterized by red, itchy skin inflammation. Hydrocortisone valerate can be applied to any area of the body where these rashes occur, and may help relieve itching. This can prevent people from scratching the affected areas too much, which can reduce damage to the skin. People who scratch these rashes too much might introduce bacteria, which can increase the risk for an infection.

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Conditions that can cause inflamed rashes, such as insect bites or poison ivy, can also be treated with an application of this medication. There are some limitations, however. The cream should not be used near the eyes. It cannot be used on rashes that are near the mouth, nose, or genitals either. It is only intended for external use and cannot treat internal infections or irritations.

Using this cream on rashes caused specifically by viruses or infections is also not recommended, although many people use it for these purposes. Many people use hydrocortisone valerate specifically for chicken pox, a viral illness that causes the body to break into rashes or blisters filled with fluid. The key here is to treat the virus, otherwise the blisters will not go away; applying this cream is unlikely to reduce the presence of blisters.

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