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Accidental intake of hydrocortizone cream. Worrisome?

I have eczema and was recently prescribed hydrocortizone valerate. It has been over six hours since I applied a small amount of this hydrocortizone to the effected areas, my hands. My hand started itching and, out of an old habit to quickly moisturize the area, I licked that part of my skin. I thought I tasted something funny and realised that it was hydrocortizone cream, but I don t know whether I actually ingested any of it or if there was even any to ingest. I rinsed my mouth out several times and spit out several times to the point of drying my mouth. Should I be concerned? Do I need to seek help immediately?
Asked On : Sat, 23 Jun 2012
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Hydrocortisone is not dangerous or even harmful if u take it orally.

No need to worry.It is not like poisoning so, NO emergency care is required.

You rinsed your mouth several times...that was absolutely correct decision.

In a hydrocortisone ointment a low concentration steroid is mixed up with vaseline, petrolium jelly liquid/ white paraffin or any other oily substance, but all of them are harmless for any part of body.

On the other hand we prescribe some oral steroids for many cases for short/ long duration.

There fore everything is OK..nothing serious was happened to you...Please, Relax.

With regards,

Dr. M M Mahmud(
Answered: Sat, 23 Jun 2012
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