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I am allergic to cortisone and accidentally used Hydrocortisone cream

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Dr. Kakkar S.

Dermatologist

Practicing since :2002

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Posted on Mon, 4 Feb 2019 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: I am allergic to cortisone and accidentally used Hydrocortisone cream for dry itchy skin. I have broken out in hives 3/4 of my body.
I have been taking Benadryl capsules

Can I use medicated calamine for the itching and painful welts
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 29 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Eczematous dermatitis

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome to ask a doctor service. I have read your query and viewed the image.

You seem to have eczematous dermatitis. I suggest you to take an oral antihistamine e.g cetrizine 10mg tablet once a day for symptomatic relief from itching. I would also suggest an oral antibiotic e.g either Amoxicillin or Cephalexin for a week besides a week of oral Prednisolone. Topically you may use a moderately potent topical steroid e.g either triamcinolone acetonide 0.1% cream or mometasone furoate 0.1% cream, twice daily.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if you need any more assistance
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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 1 hour later
I already know I am allergic to Steroids. Why suggest using a topical steroid?
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 22 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Regarding topical steroid

Detailed Answer:
Hi.

Was the contact sensitivity to topical cortisone confirmed with a patch test?
Mometasone furoate is from a different group of topical steroids than hydrocortisone and in addition to that, it has the least sensitization potential among topical steroids.

take care
Let me know if you need any more assistance
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