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Brand: HC45 / Type: Skin cream / For minor skin irritations / Dosage Form: Cream / Contents/Size: 15g / Type: Skin Conditions

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      11.02.2014 19:44
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      A good cream for skin conditions

      Twice now I have had some kind of reaction to something that I am not really sure what it is. All I know is I wake up with massive red bags under my eyes, where the skin feels very dry and itchy. The area will be swollen and generally look and feel shocking. The last time it happened I went down to A&E because it was such a mess and even the doctor was a bit confused as to what it could be and was clutching straws musing could it be a reaction to my glasses frame which I wear daily. He prescribed me some cream to put on the area and also advised me to buy some Hc45 cream from the chemist and I did. This is my review of the product.

      Hc45 comes in a white cardboard tube and features the product logo on the front which looks familiar to me because of the fact that it looks like the E45 logo. There is no mistaking that the product is from the same family as E45 when you look at it and I have to say I found this quite reassuring some how. On the front of the cardboard box we are told that this is a hydrocortisone cream which is suitable for eczema, dermatitis, and insect bites. It is also useful for allergies to things like detergents on your hands and things so it is a useful product to have.

      Inside the box you get a 15g tube of cream and the tube looks the same as the cardboard packaging. You should of course check that the tube is sealed when you buy it. Before use you need to pierce the seal on the tube so that you can use it for the first time. The actual cream is a white coloured cream which doesn't really smell of anything. You are advised that you can apply a small amount of this cream to small areas only once or twice a day for a maximum of seven days. This product is suitable for adults and children aged ten or over as well so do not use it on young children without medical advice.

      Now you are instructed not to use this cream on your face but as I was advised by the hospital doctor to try it sparingly this is what I did. I only used a tiny bit of the cream each time and was very careful to not get too close to my eye only applying it to the reddened "bag" area which came quite low down on my face anyway! The cream rubs in easily and washes off your hands easily afterwards too.

      What is great with this cream is it works at reducing swelling, itching and irritation for up to twelve hours but it also helps the body to heal apparently too. I did find that it was really helpful at just making me feel a bit better when the area around my eyes suffered such a reaction. I found it best to apply it first thing in the morning and last thing at night and this worked well for me. It doesn't work instantly but it only took around twenty minutes or so to start feeling a bit more comfortable which I think is reasonable.

      A tube of this cream costs £3.79 from Boots which is a fair price I think but just be mindful that the tube will have an expiry date and you may not get full use from it. I think with this kind of product it doesn't really matter though.

      Thank you for reading my revie

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        30.07.2013 09:37
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        An effective hydrocortisone cream for reducing inflammation and swelling.

        With this recent spell of good weather I wanted to spend more time out in the garden - mostly sitting in a chair on the lawn. I was going to mow the lawn, as it was covered in clover and I knew that if I didn't keep mowing it this would get worse. Just as I'd got the lawn mower out, I noticed that there were several bees feeding on the heads of clover. Of course! Clover .... bees. Stands to reason. So being the upstanding naturalist that I am, and remembering vaguely something about bees dying out, I relented. I thought, " The poor little bees need to eat like everyone else. What if I was hungry and someone came along and mowed down all the fast food outlets?" So I put away the mower and settled down to watch the precious little darlings have their feast.

        Listen. Never give a bee an even break.

        The next day I discovered they were colonising the bay window next door. While Number Eight were doing battle with the invading horde, it didn't seem very neighbourly to be supplying the enemy with food, so I decided that the mower had better come out after all. I was in the process of setting it up, when one of the little blighters stung me.

        When a bee stings you it isn't easy to get angry with them. They almost certainly die as a result of trying to defend themselves against this great human lump that's bearing down on them. We, on the other hand, have a much better than even chance of survival, but a bee sting can be nasty and needs to be treated.

        Part of that treatment for me is the use of a hydrocortisone cream such as HC45.

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        Reacting To The Sting
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        My first reaction was to check if the stinger was still in my skin, and it was. The thing with bee stings is to try to flick them out with your nail, or a piece of hard, thin plastic, rather than trying to pinch them out. If you try the latter, the danger is that you will squeeze out any venom left in the sac at the end of the sting and so make things worse.

        My next step was to go inside and wash my hand with soap and water and then to run it under the cold tap to try to keep down any swelling. An ice pack or a cold compress might also be used to relieve both the pain and the swelling.

        The longer term unpleasantness with a bee sting is likely to be the continued swelling and itching (try not to scratch it). This is why I used the hydrocortisone cream, which helps to reduce both of these problems.

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        HC45 Cream
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        I keep HC45 in the house principally because I occasionally get skin reactions to certain household products. It is a fairly mild cream - just 1% w/w of - generally used for that kind of thing, eczema, dermatitis etc, but also for insect stings. It's the sort of aid that's useful to have in the medicine chest, and on this occasion I was very glad of it. The active ingredient is hydrocortisone acetate, a corticosteroid, which acts to regulate inflammatory reactions in the skin.

        A little of the cream squeezed onto the finger and then gently and evenly rubbed into the affected area should do the trick, but wash that finger afterwards, as this stuff is not for internal use and should be kept away from sensitive areas, and there is always the danger that you will absent-mindedly rub your eye, or something.

        A 15g tube is currently £3.79 at Boots and should have a fair shelf life, as you would want with something of this sort that you only use occasionally, but do be careful to check the expiry date from time to time.

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        Cautions
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        First of all, be wary of bee stings. Most of us will only have a localised reaction to the sting, resulting in the kind of symptoms I have described - swelling and itching chiefly. However, if you experience nausea, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing or even very severe swelling, then you should seek treatment urgently, as it is possible you are having a systemic reaction which could have more serious consequences, though you should bear in mind that this is rare.

        You may self administer other treatments to help reduce pain, swelling and itching, such as analgesics or anti-histamine tablets.

        With the HC45 cream, note that it is not intended for use on children under ten years of age. Do not apply to the mouth and eyes, or to the genital area. Try to avoid sitting on a bee as well, if you can, as the anus is also out of bounds for HC45. Pregnant women shouldn't use it and you should avoid prolonged use, as it is possible to get reactions to the cream itself. Read the leaflet.

        Note that HC45 is not intended to be used on bacterial, fungal and viral infections of the skin.

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        HC45 Cream is a mild but highly effective treatment for a variety of skin conditions and an extremely handy thing to have in stock for those rare occasions when you or one of your loved ones suffers the trauma of an insect sting.

        It certainly helped to control my swelling and itching, so I would be happy to recommend it.

        R.I.P, Mr Bee.

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          02.07.2013 09:39
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          Works for me

          I was prescribed this cream by my doctor for when my eczema flares up so that I didn't have to keep going back to the doctors. I have since found that you can actually buy this product from chemists and supermarkets such as Asda and Tesco also stock it and at about £3 per tube it is much cheaper than paying the charge for the prescriptions.

          The cream comes packaged in a cardboard box and then inside the box the actual cream is in a sealed tube. The tube has a screw top lid on it which has a little spike on it so that the first time you use the cream you can use the spike to piece through the foil which covers the tube. The tube is supple enough that you can squeeze it which is great for when the cream is getting short inside. You have the usual warnings on the packaging such as keeping it away from eyes and children.

          The cream is suitable for adults and children over 10, you can use it twice per day on the area as long as the area isn't broken in any way or infected. The cream has to be used sparingly as it has a steroid in it and this can cause your skin to thin which may not seem a problem at the moment however I work with old people and have seen the skin of ladies who have used a lot of steroid creams and it isn't good.

          The cream is easy to apply, simply unscrew the lid and then squeeze a small amount out and then using your fingertips rub it thinly into the affected area. I find that the cream absorbs easily and my skin feels a little moisturised but this feeling doesn't last for very long. The cream doesn't really have a smell to it which is good as I like to put other fragranced items on such as body lotion and perfumes.

          I have found this cream to be really effective, it helps to reduce the irritation which is great as it stops me itching which of course isn't a good thing to do to eczema. It is worth noting that this cream is to reduce irritation and isn't a moisturiser so I always use a moisturiser over the top of it when I have a flare up. I am lucky that generally my eczema is under control and I don't have to use the cream very often so I am not too concerned about thinning skin but I was told by my doctor if the eczema got worse and I started using more of this then I would have to take a break form it every now and again to protect my skin.

          Personally I give this 5 stars as it worked for me but my irritation is generally only mild.

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          25.06.2013 20:34
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          Very handy and versatile medical product

          Every so often I suffer from patches of eczema, which only ever seem to appear on the insides of both of my wrists, for some reason. At first I used to think it was dermatitis as it often coincided with me having my hands immersed in water for long periods of time, and using cleaning fluids. When I mentioned it to my doctor, he told me that it was eczema, as dermatitis would have shown up all over the hands and not just the wrist area. He recommended a low level hydrocortisone cream (specifically HC45 Hydrocortisone Cream) and though he was prepared to give it to e on prescription, he advised that I just buy it over the counter as it costs less than half the price than a prescription would have done.

          I gave it a try, used it for a week and haven't looked back, really. That's not to say that the itch and scratch cycle doesn't keep on rearing its head. This cream helps to soothe the skin and relieves the itching, but it won't prevent the irritating eczema from returning. The cream itself is widely available to buy from most pharmacies and the brand name is HC45 Hydrocortisone Cream. The cream comes in a long white tube with a twist off cap and the tube is inside a white coloured cardboard box. It has a really long shelf life so it won't go off quickly if you don't use it very often. I keep my tube in my fridge as it feels much more soothing on irritated and inflamed skin if it is cold when applied.

          The cream is light in colour, almost white, and quite thick and creamy. The trick is not to use too much of this cream as it only needs to be used very thinly and sparingly as my doctor warned me that it thins the skin. For this same reason it should never be used for more than seven days' duration and never on the face, where the skin is thinner anyway.

          Personally speaking, if my skin is playing up and I use this cream I can really start to feel the benefits after only half an hour. It soothes the skin almost instantly and brings a great sense of relief. For this reason, it is also good for insect stings and bites and nettle rash. It's really useful to have in the house as part of your First Aid box and it's surprising how handy it comes in, especially during the summer months when we are out in the garden.

          It's well priced, extremely effective, and when used appropriately, is very safe to use. A product I highly recommend.

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          28.03.2013 14:04
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          ~~* Unlucky *~~

          I am unlucky enough to have very sensitive skin which has been pretty troublesome for most of my life. While over time I have learnt to accept this, I have to admit that my eczema does really get me down at times, especially when it is itchy, sore and I'm bleeding everywhere! I only have very small patches of it now which hardly flare up and are on their way to being completely healed, but it used to be a lot worse. After experimenting with countless, much hyped about 'miracle' creams & trying natural skin care products, the only thing that I have found that works is (unfortunately) steroid cream. It took me a while to use this medication, as at first I was completely against it due to the side effects it can sometimes cause.
          In The Long Term

          Steroid cream is usually used to treat long term inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, severe acne and lots others. The problem is that using it consistently for a long time can cause many unpleasant side effects, the main one being skin thinning. This includes even the 1 percent steroid creams, and if you are using the cream daily it is important not to use it for more than ten days in a row. Discolouration is another side effect that I am all too aware of. I have medium fair skin, and my eczema arches are usually an angry red colour.
          Over a period of using the steroid cream the red goes to light pink, which even when almost healed never quite goes back to its normal colour. Had I let my eczema heal naturally without the use of steroid cream, this wouldn't be as prominent, though unfortunately steroid cream is the only thing that helps with the itching. Steroid cream doesn't just effect your skin - anything put on your skin will be absorbed into your body, and steroid cream is no different. Steroid cream can weaken the immune system and cause many other problems (Google is your friend, so if you are curious hen I'd advise that you do your own research).

          ~~* Weakened Down *~~

          My doctor used to prescribe a very strong 25% version of steroid cream, but now that my eczema isn't anywhere near as bad I use a much less strong 1% weakened down version. This is manufactured by the same company who make and sell E45 which is a range of lots of other skin care products including moisturisers and body oils to help with eczema. This cream really isn't suitable for extremely itchy or stubborn eczema, psoriasis or severe skin problems, as it isn't as strong as some of the other steroid creams available. This is best suited to minor skin inflammation such as insect bites, contact dermatitis, inflamed skin and itchy rashes. I imagine it would work a treat for scabies too. It can also help with dry skin according to the leaflet that I have, though why anyone would want to use steroid cream rather than a moisturiser on a dry patch of skin that is not due to a skin condition slightly baffles me.
          Inexpensive

          This cream can be bought over the counter and a prescription is not needed. I bought my tube of it from Boots at the beginning of this year and I think it was around £4 for a 15 gram tube. This may seem pricy but because you only need a very small amount each time you use it. A small the of this should last your for around a year with occasional use, or if like me you needn't for a skin condition and need to apply it often I'd say that you'd get at least six months of use out of it.


          ~~* My Opinion *~~
          The first thing I like about this cream is the tube that the cream comes in - it is pretty efficient and well designed and a very handy size, though it isn't without flaws. The main problem is that after a lot of sue, the tube tends to become misshapen and it can not be put back into the shape it was originally in, which means that I have to really pull the tube around to get the cream out. Once I have used most of the cream I think I will have to cut it open to get the last of it out. The design of the tube is definitely what I'd describe as medicinal looking, though as I keep it in my medicine cabinet rather than with my body butters, this isn't a problem.

          With this tube of hydrocortisone cream, in the box you will get a small leaflet which I think is important that you read before using it as it has some very helpful information in it including who it isn't suitable for, directions on how to use it, the ingredients, possible side effects and a lot more. With any medication I think it is important to be aware of what you are consuming (or in this case putting on your skin) so the addition of a leaflet is definitely an advantage. The physical appearance of this cream reminds me a little of wall paper paste! It is a thick, smooth cream which is very easy to control due to the texture, so there isn't any risk of using too much by mistake.


          Though well designed, I find the tube a little annoying at times as there is no way of getting the cream ack in once it has been dispensed, and due to the consistency it tends to stick together and come out in a long strip. The cream doesn't have any smell at all, but then again I've never used any other steroid cream that does have a smell to it. As for how effective the cream is, wellI have been using this cream for around the three month mark now, possibly a little longer and I am so far impressed with it. As mentioned above I decided to switch to this from my stronger steroid cream after my eczema calmed down a lot. I use this whenever I feel like it is started to flare up a little and become more itchy, and it is effective in getting rid of any itchiness and leaving my skin feeling soothed.

          Applying the cream is mess free as the thick cream is non greasy and spreads over my skin easily. It is advised when using this cream to spread it over the skin and not to rub it in, and instead to leave it on the skin like a protective layer. Unfortunately, this isn't always ideal - especially during the day or if I am wearing a long sleeved top as it does stick to clothing and rub off. I thought I was being clever by solving this problem by putting the cream on and then applying a bandage over the top to allow it to sink in while going about my daily life and not worrying out it getting on my clothes, but it actually recommends in the leaflet not to cover the skin when the cream has been applied, so I soon stopped doing this and I now apply it before I go to bed if I think my eczema may flare up in the night (it is usually worse at night) when it does flare up.

          My eczema has never been especially bad when using this, and only very slightly itchy, I have never used it on severe eczema, but as it shouldn't be used on open wounds, sore skin or infected skin I wouldn't be able to use it on severe eczema anyway. I do sometimes scratch the skin open by mistake when it is itchy as it is quite weak from all the trauma it has been through with my eczema, and when I applied the steroid cream (which I know I shouldn't have) it surprisingly didn't sting or cause any pain at all.

          The steroid cream works quickly to take away any urge to itch and because it sits in a layer on my skin even if I do feel the need to itch it, I can't because I'd get the cream everywhere so it's ver effective in keeping me from scratching! It also provides instant moisture and back when I started using it this was one of the biggest advantages of it, as at the time my skin was dry and flaky. It instantly took away any dryness and my skin looked a lot better straight away (less dry, though obviously still discoloured and sore looking). I only ever use this cream when needs must, but if you do need to use it daily then it is advised that you do not use it for more than seven days in a row, and you should only use it twice a day. Remember to always use a very small amount, too - you really don't need very much.

          ~~*Conclusion *~~
          Though this isn't suitable for severe skin conditions, it helps tremendously to prevent flare ups and soothe inflamed skin. It isn't without flaws, but the good certainly outweighs the bad and I therefor give it four out of five stars.

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          13.03.2013 15:43
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          Lasts ages, but doesn't work for everybody

          Hydro cortisone cream is a well known brand which is used to treat skin conditions such as eczema or other allergies. It can also be used to treat inflammation and itching caused by bites and stings. I bought this cream from my local Tesco Pharmacy, for around £3.20. It comes in a small white box, and the cream is in a tube, with a screw top lid.

          This cream should not be used on infected or broken skin such as acne or athletes foot. It contains 1% hydrocortisone acetate, and works by apparently altering the body's responses to inflammatory reactions, and promotes healing. You should read the leaflet before using this product, as you cannot just use it like other skin condition creams all day, it is to be used twice a day only, and only be adults and children over 10 years old.

          It is easy to get the lid off this cream, and you just squeeze the tube slightly to get the cream to come out. The product is a creamy white colour and you should only put a small amount of this on your finger to rub into the affected area. The box says, use this sparingly, and not to use it on your face as it thins your skin. I used this Hydro cortisone cream to treat some eczema that I had on my wrist which just wouldn't go away. It was in the creases of my wrist and it was so itchy and red, it was driving me mad!

          I applied this cream in the morning and at night to my wrist, the box says to use once or twice a day. I felt this was not very moisturising for my eczema as I could only use it twice a day, but the pharmacist that I bought it from did tell me to use another moisturising product with it such as E45 cream to keep it moisturised. When I did apply this cream, it did moisturise my wrist when I put it on although it didn't last long before it was dry again, and it sat on my skin for about 10 minutes before being fully absorbed. A very small amount went a along way ass it spreads really far and is quite hard to rub in completely. This did give me some slight relief from the itching i was suffering from, although not for long at all. Only around half an hour after applying it to my skin, and then it was the same itchy and dry eczema again.

          This actually did nothing to help my eczema, but I have tried loads of creams since and had problems with finding anything to help it, I have got steroid creams from the doctors now which is helping it. This really was a bit of a waste of money for me, as far as my eczema goes, but it will come in handy I suppose if I ever get bitten, I will use this up then!

          You can only use this for 7 days in total and then you have to stop using it, and it did not make any difference to my eczema so I wouldn't recommend it myself for this skin problem. The tube is pretty much still full after using it for a week twice a day as you need such a small amount, so if it did work for you, a tube lasts absolutely ages! It is so cheap too considering how long it could last, but unfortunately I won't be purchasing it again, as it doesn't work on me!

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            **Introduction**
            I've suffered from the skin condition eczema for around four years now. It's an unpleasant condition which causes quite a bit of discomfort due to the itchiness and soreness. I suffered in silence for around a year but after my bouts of eczema became more regular I decided to visit my doctor and he prescribed me various lotions and potions to apply onto my skin, one of which being hydrocortisone (steroid) cream. I've used quite a few different steroid creams over the years with the most recent being the Hc45 hydrocortisone cream, which my doctor prescribed to me last year when my eczema had flared up again on my ankles, arms and wrists.

            **What is hydrocortisone cream?**
            Hydrocortisone cream is a topical steroid cream. It is used to relieve the skin from any itchiness and irritation and also reduces inflammation. This particular brand of steroid cream has been specially formulated to alter your body's response to inflammatory reactions (eg eczema, insect bites etc), and once applied it leaves skin feeling calm and soothed. The cream works by reducing the amount of inflammatory substances in the skin, meaning the skin doesn't flare up half as much as it would without the cream and it is left feeling soothed. Hydrocortisone cream is also able to reduce itchiness so it's particullary handy for eczema or insect bites.

            It is also able to treat conditions such as..
            Itchy skin
            Irritated or inflamed red skin
            Insect bites
            Mild to moderate eczema
            Contact or allergic dermatitis
            Dry skin

            **Price and availability**
            I was prescribed my tube of this by my doctor a while ago now, and it's widely available. It can be purchased from a variety of shops (including supermarkets), online retailers, as well as been available on prescription. It's reasonably priced at an average of £3-£4 per 15 gram tube.

            **Packaging**
            The product comes in a white cardboard box with all the information on it (including directions of use, health warnings etc) on it. It also has the brand written on it in large font over a blue background, along with the product name, so it's clear what the product is and what it does. Inside the box you get a tube of the cream which has a top that screws off. The opening of the tube is foil sealed which will need to be broken with the sharp bit of the tube's lid or alternatively a knife. I then then just squeeze it gently to get the cream out.

            **Health warnings**
            This product thins skin so it's important not to use too much of it and it shouldn't be used for more than seven days at a time. It shouldn't be used anywhere near the eyes, face, anal or genital area. It also shouldn't be used on broken or infected skin (including acne, cold sores and athletes foot). Children under ten years old should not use this without medical advice and it's not suitable for use if you are pregnant.

            **My opinion**
            I first started using this cream last year after my eczema flared up on my ankles, arms and wrists. It was itchy and painful and my doctor prescribed me this along with some E45 cream. He made it clear that the product should not be used too often and that I shouldn't use it for more than seven days in a row. He gave me instructions stating that I should apply a thin layer onto the effected skin at night time.

            The cream itself is quite thick with a vaseline type texture/look to it. It has no smell at all. I only needed a tiny amount to cover the large patches of eczema on my ankles, arms and wrists and it was easy to apply. The texture is thick however smooth and lightweight and it goes onto the skin evenly. It doesn't leave the skin feeling wet or greasy but it does sit on the skin for a while rather than sinking in straight away. It also has a shiny appearence but as the cream sinks into the skin this subsides.

            The first few times I used this my skin was very itchy and inflamed, and I was concerned that putting the cream onto it may make it worse or possibly make it itch even more, or sting. However, I didn't experience any soreness or stinging sensations from it at all and it did definetly make the itchiness more bearable. It didn't completely make the skin stop itching but it calmed it alot and it didn't make the itching worse at all.

            It didn't take long to notice a difference in how itchy my skin was and I felt relieved and much happier once i'd applied the cream as the difference was so quickly noticeable. I used this once a day for a week and it definetly made a difference. I could tell just by looking at my skin that the cream had helped because rather than looking red and angry, it was a dull pink colour and much dryer than before. After I stopped using the cream my eczema didn't flare up again for a while, and it healed reasonably well.

            **Overall**
            I've used this cream about three times now for a week at a time and i'm very impressed with it, it's easy to use and it definetly helps reduce itchiness/inflammation and I also think that it helps speed up the healing process. It is not a cure at all but it makes my skin condition more bearable and aids in clearing up my eczema quicker than it would without the cream. The only downside I can think of is that it can't be used often. Other than that it's brilliant in my opinion. It's affordable and does what it promises. It's a must-have in my medicine cabinet and it's the first thing I reach for at the first sign that my eczema is flaring up again. 5/5 stars.

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              14.02.2012 05:00
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              Very strong medicated cream but it does work on bites

              Hydrocortisone Cream sounds serious doesn't it? Well it kind of is. But this is also a wonderfully useful cream to have in your home. It can be used in the treatment of such dry skin conditions as eczema and also cretin types of dermatitis but do consult your dermatologist before trying any new form of treatment. Hydrocortisone works by reducing inflammation of the skin after a nasty scratch, irritation dew to excessive drying or in my case after an insect bite. The active ingredient in this cream is Hydrocortisone Acetate 1%. Only 1%? That's plenty as it's quite potent.

              I love to go fishing with my dad especially during the Summer but unfortunately, I end up being the bait. For some reason all the mites and flies and God knows what else love to have a good old chew on me while I'm sitting there for hours on end. I have tried DEET based products but I'm clearly too delicious to ignore. I've worn hats and long sleeved shirts but even if I went in a full space suite they would find some way of getting in and using me as a four course meal.

              When I return home large parts of my body look like they are covered in measles. The insect bites tend to get angry, red and inflamed. So that's where this HC45 Hydrocortisone Cream comes in to play. The cream comes in a squeezable tube with a plastic lid and all with in a cream and blue light cardboard box. As always there is an information leaflet included with the product (please read it before use). As overuse of hydrocortisone creams can result in the horrible side effect of "thinning of the skin".

              The cream itself is thick and does have a distinctively strong medicated scent. The cream is quickly absorbed in to the skin but you do need to help it on it's way by rubbing gently with your finger tip. For me there is an instantaneous relief upon application. Do remember to wash your hands after use and make sure not to touch your eyes.
              A moment of two after application the sting eases and the urge to scratch lessens. Then after a few more minutes the redness begins to subside. In severe cases where I literally have been bitten from head to toe (walking through the bush in Australia, need I say more) I also had to take an oral antihistamine. I now always bring a tube or two of this on Holiday with me just in case. 

              This isn't an every cay cream, it shouldn't be over used. But it does work when you need it most.
              That reminds me, I must check the date on my tube as the summer's on it's way and the insects find me particularly scrumptious in the summer.

              Thanks for reading :0) 2night.

              This can be purchased In most Boots stores for £3.85

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                12.01.2012 23:48
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                Good affordable bite treatment

                HC45 Hydrocortisone Cream can be purchased in a number of formats, for a long time I had a tub of this and it lasted an absolute age however it was also not very practical for use when travelling and now I have a small tube which is smaller in my pack and also easier to use.an anti inflammatory cream

                Hydrocortisone Cream is sold as an anti inflammatory treatment, it has some quite strong properties so should not be applied to either the face or genitals. Personally I have found it very effective in treating and reducing the effect of insect bites and it can also be used for mild eczema and skin allergies. Also because of the strength of the cream it should not be used more than seven times in a row and if symptoms continue to persist it is probably advisable to seek medical advice. A small 15g tube is around the £4 mark.

                Hc45 cream has a very slight smell to it, it is what I would describe as a medical smell, mildly antiseptic smelling. It is a thick off white coloured cream that absorbs into the skin very quickly. On bites it has a very quick effect, it dulls the itching sensation and cools the irritated skin, I like the fact that I can apply this before going to bed onto any mossie bites and it will basically allow me to get a good nights sleep and dampen down the irritation from the bite, this irritation only gets worse if you scratch it so this cream is great at combating that.

                I do not suffer from ezcema so cannot comment on how effective it is however if it works the same as it does with bites then I would expect it to be good and certainly worth a try if you have mild symptoms.

                This product is an essential as far as I'm concerned and I always take it with me when I travel to warmer climates where the risk of being bitten is increased.

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                  23.08.2011 16:47
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                  5/5 from me, this is a little tube of wonder

                  E45 is one of those brands that know what they are doing. It's a brand grandparents all over the country love (along with Savlon) and anything you might mention will be met with "Have you tried some E45?" Well, I have.

                  I get funny little outbreaks on my hands, particularly between my fingers. The itching is crazy, when I'm suffering it I wake up through the night clawing at my fingers so bad I make them bleed. I've sought medical advice and had it diagnosed as everything from dermatitis to a fungal infection to an allergic reaction to cleaning products (I worked in bars during the worst outbreaks to date)! I should see a dermatologist, but to be honest I manage it pretty well these days. I personally think it's just easily irritated, and can be brought on by my hands being wet for long periods, or even wearing a ring that's a little tight.

                  Anyway, I went to my pharmacist and asked if he could recommend anything strong enough to hopefully do something for it, but that I could get over the counter to try. He gave me this Hc45 cream by E45. I have found it to be perfect for soothing away my itch and preventing a full blown outbreak.

                  It comes in a 15g tube, the packaging typical of E45 as the Ciao pic shows. It is marketed as a treatment for eczema, dermatitis and insect bites and not to be used on the eyes, face, anal or genital areas. It should also not be used on children under 10 without medical advice. The active ingredient is hydrocortisone acetate (1% w/w) which is a steroid. You have to be careful when using steroid creams, as overuse can cause thinning of the skin and this in turn can cause too much steroids to enter your body and play havoc with a whole load of things! For this reason, it must be applied sparingly on small areas only.

                  The cream itself is white and quite light and smooth. Hands should be washed after use (unless like me you are using it on your hands!) It is absorbed quickly and doesn't leave any sticky residue behind. It provides relief straight away for me, I find the itching dies down after gently rubbing some of this in. It has practically no smell so nothing there to offend.

                  It also states not to use on broken skin, I assume due to the reasons I described above. Now this may be irresponsible of me, but I have used it on slightly broken skin, as sometimes I have already scratched enough to cause a little weeping. However, it does not sting and I stick to applying it very thinly. I have noticed no adverse effects of using this cream, but you need to have an awareness of the potential side effects of steroids; they should not be used long term. It is also not a suitable treatment for impetigo, cold sores, acne or athletes foot.

                  I think I paid around £3.50 for this, but I bought it a few years ago so I can't remember for sure! I still have lots left, though it does have a use by date so you should check this. If you suffer non specific skin issues, then I would suggest you give this a go. Of course you should talk to the pharmacist about it as they may advise something else. This works brilliantly for me though, and I rarely need to use it more than a day or two, so I definitely recommend it.

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                  08.08.2011 18:21
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                  a good cream for different purposes

                  Hc45 Hydrocortisone Cream is an anti-inflammatory cream which can be used to treat :

                  *mild to moderate eczema
                  *dermatitis
                  *insect bites
                  *various allergies

                  It is dermatologically tested and contains hydrocortisone acetate 1.0% w/w. It can be spread sparingly onto the skin (avoid face/genitals) and should only be used once or twice a day and for no longer than 7days at a time.

                  The hydrocortisone reduces inflammation whilst offering relief from irritation and associated itching. The effects can last for up to 12hours. The cream shouldn't be used on children under 10 without consulting a doctor.

                  ~Packaging~

                  A cardboard box offers various pieces of information regarding the cream. Inside, a small white tube with blue writing is presented. The tube also contains information should you misplace the box. There is a seal inside which needs to be broken and gives reassurance that your tube has not been tampered with.

                  ~Where To Purchase~

                  This cream can be purchased online or in certain chemists. Boots offer a 15g tube for £3.83.

                  ~My Thoughts~

                  Whilst my medicine cupboard holds everything from painkillers to upset stomach tablets, one type of product I didn't think of keeping was something to deal with bites. I can remember how a tube of Hc45 came into my possession. It was last July and we were relaxing outside our old flat when I felt a strange, nipping sensation on my arm. It turns out I had been bitten by some insect though I never found out which type of insect!

                  I went to Boots the next morning as it was driving me crazy and I was prescribed Hc45 cream which looks remarkably like E45..the same company perhaps? Anyway I had never used this cream prior to being prescribed it and one year on, the tube is still with us and has came in handy on a few occasions. The packaging doesn't aim to be attractive but it is a medicinal type product after all. The little tube is easy to piece with the indented lid.

                  ~In Use~

                  The cream has a light medicinal aroma about it. It appears quite thick on dispensing from the tube but once it makes contact with skin, it starts to melt and absorb. The cream feels quite cooling on the skin which is perfect for when you have been itching like a mad women! The first time I used this, I applied it to my arm where the bite was. It is important you only apply to a small area as it can thin the skin.

                  The area around the bite was inflammed and I constantly felt the need to itch at it. With a small amount of Hc45 applied, the area immediately felt soothed and calm. The cream absorbed very quickly and literally melts into the skin leaving no greasy residue or scent on my skin. I only needed to use this once each day for around 3 days and by that point, the stingy subsided so the tube was placed in the cupboard for next use.

                  More recently, I had a really itchy, red mark on the back of my neck which was causing a lot of discomfort especially if anything rubbed against it. I asked the pharmacist to have a look and although she wasn't sure if it was a reaction to something or a sting, she recommended this cream. I asked my fiance to apply it as it was in an awkward area and again, the cream seeped in leaving the area less angry and feeling comforted.

                  This cream can be used on severe sunburn which is something I encountered recently. Whilst I applied after sun to the main area of my neck and chest, certain parts felt especially uncomfortable (around the bra strap area). I applied a very thin and small amount of Hc45 along this area and experienced an ultra cooling effect which relieved the area but did not rid me of sunburn..I really should be more careful!

                  ~Conclusion~

                  Hc45 works efficiently to reduce inflammation and one little tube stands the test of time. My tube is dated until 2013 and even by then, I don't think I will have used it all up. I highly recommend having a tube of this stored in your medicine cabinet as you never know when it might come in handy. Personally, I haven't experienced any side effects though this is a strong cream which must be used sparingly and certainly not for long periods of time.

                  Highly recommended from me :)

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                    25.07.2011 20:06
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                    A very effective rash cream

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                    Wearing jeans most of the time I'm off work doesn't really help in my quest to rid myself of a repeating problem. I've tried boxer shorts made from various materials, underwear of varying kinds all in an effort to reduce my chances of getting an embarrassing groin rash. Alas my efforts are generally in vain as the rash keeps returning every so often.

                    Hydrocortisone Cream

                    Hydrocortisone is one of the steroid hormones produced by the adrenal gland, and when the skin is irritated sometimes the gland fails to produce enough Hydrocortisone to repair the infected area, it is at these times that this cream will aid in the repair. The cream is usually supplied as a .1% dose which is sufficient to stimulate repair.

                    Hydrocortisone cream is a generic cream, which comes in many guises and is distributed under many different branded names. It is an anti-inflammatory cream, which eases and aids the healing of minor skin irritations. It is used mostly for insect bites and nettle stings, but it is also very useful in aiding the body with rashes caused by a lot of today's modern cleaning products such a soap powders.

                    It can take an eternity to get through the allergic too pile if you like us are frequently changing your cleaning products in an effort to reduce costs. Trying to figure out which if any is causing the problem could take forever so I've given up trying and now trust HC45 Hydrocortisone cream. It is made by the manufacturers of E45 which is used by millions world wide in helping dermatological conditions, so I figured they could be trusted with a simple sweat rash.

                    The cream is non greasy and easily applied, it absorbs quite quickly into the affected area and the time span till feeling some relief is really quite quick. It is a white cream which helps stop the itching and hence the swelling and inflammation which is caused by scratching the affected area. It needs to be applied about three times a day to be most effective and after a few days you should see the condition drastically improved and then a reduction in applications should be applied.

                    Summary

                    For around £2.99 - £3.99 you get a substantial sized tube, which should see, off the most aggressive rashes and irritations. If however symptoms persist it is of course advisable to consult the doctor or pharmacist, since you may indeed require something a little stronger.

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                    14.06.2011 22:00
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                    Good value cream that not only works but works quickly

                    Since birth I have been cursed with eczema. Not seriously bad eczema but enough to provide a constant fear of using a new make up product, soap, shampoo, washing powder.... The list is endless. I had it quite badly as a child on my arms and legs and as a result seemed to become immune to the normal over the counter Hydrocortisone cream. When I hit my teens it did a disappearing act and I was hopeful that I had grown out of it.

                    But it came back with a vengeance in my late teens/early twenties and every so often it appears in different places. There doesn't seem to be an explanation for it and my GP has openly admitted he has no idea what causes it and why it's only in Spring and Autumn. This year I had it all over my hands and it was extremely painful. Not wanting to use the prescription hydrocortisone cream I have as its pretty strong stuff and only for use when all else fails - I tried HC45.

                    By no means did I smother it on, in fact I barely made a dent in the tube. It absorbed pretty quickly - within minutes and didn't leave my hands feeling greasy. By the next morning - the eczema had all but gone from hands. Really pleased with how effective this cream was and would have no hesitation in using again in the future. In fact I'd probably use this in preference to the prescription cream I have.

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                      18.11.2010 11:07
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                      A good cream

                      Around eight months ago my little girl suddenly developed a strange type of rash on her face so I immediately took her to the doctors and they thought it was an allergic reaction and sent me away feeling like a stupid paranoid mum. It got worse and worse until my beautiful daughter had several patches of this awful condition around her face. After several visits to the doctors, not one of them knew what it was - one thought allergy, one thought it was dummy rash (!?!) and another thought eczema and we have had five different creams and moisturisers now, none of which have been great.

                      The final cream we were prescribed was hydrocortisone cream and I was very worried about using this as my aunty is a nurse and she told me that using this can thin the skin which of course I didn't want to happen to my two year old little girl. Hydrocortisone cream is a mild steroid cream and is used for reducing inflammation which can be caused by an allergy or skin irritation which causes the blood vessels to widen and therefore the skin becomes red, itchy, inflamed and even swollen.

                      I was assured it would be ok so i gave it a go and applied it for the first time just before she went to bed. To my surprise, the next morning for the first time her little face didn't look just as firey and so I was over the moon! I continued to apply the cream and within a couple of days the red patches had almost disappeared and you could just see her pretty face again and not the awful red blotches. As soon as they had faded I stopped using the cream as like I say I was worried what it would do to her skin.

                      To use this cream you simply apply a very small amount to the affected area, probably less than a pea size, and rub in gently until it is fully absorbed. Apply two or three times a day and when healed stop using the cream straight away.

                      There are some possible side effects as with all creams and these include: skin irritation eg burnning, itching and redness, thinning of the skin, and changes in skin pigmentation. It is important to note that you must not use this cream on children under the age of ten unless directed to do so by a doctor.

                      I am not happy to contine using this cream every time my little girls face flares up and I will continue to press for a correct diagnosis but in the very short term it helps her so the odd time i will use it if it is particularly bad.

                      As it works I have to recommend it, but that comes with a warning not to use it too much as you can't be too careful with your skin! I give the HC45 Hydrocortisone Cream four out of five Dooyoo stars!

                      Thank you for reading my review :)

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                        Would recommend keeping a tube in the cupboard

                        I have never been one to suffer from eczema or other dry skin conditions, so when my neck and chest suddenly became very dry and itchy a couple of weeks ago, I did not understand what was happening!
                        I tried several different creams to ease the dryness and stop the itching, including E45, Nivea dry skin cream, Savlon etc etc etc. However, none of these creams seemed to make any difference to the condition.

                        Two days ago, my mum recommended I use my sister's prescribed Hydrocortisone cream. She gave me this as a last resort as it is supposed to be very strong and thins your skin.

                        The cream is a mild steroid and is used for inflamed skin conditions such as eczema or insect bite reaction. You apply a thin layer to the affected skin and rub in until it disappears, for two to three times a day until the skin heals.

                        It is not recommended that you use the cream on the face for many weeks or months, unless prescribed by your doctor. There are also several side effects to the cream, including; allergic reaction, the skin becoming thinner and adverse effect on adrenal gland function.

                        The cream comes in a white tube which has the ingrediants of the cream on the back. Also, there are directions for use, but this just says 'as prescribed by your doctor'. The rest of the tube is pretty much plain white apart from the 'Hydrocortisone' label. You have to pierce the tube with the inside of the lid, as with most creams, and a very gentle squeeze pushes the cream out.

                        The cream itself is very thin and it is easy to get the right amount and not apply too much to the skin. It has the scent of acrylic paint, which isn't very nice but if it works then it is well worth putting up with!

                        As I have already stated, I have tried several different creams on my skin and nothing has worked. However, I have been using Hydrocortisone for only two days and I can feel a difference already! My skin is no longer itchy and I have hardly any dryness, compared to the large patches of dry skin that I had two days ago.

                        I was worried about using this cream as my mum had told me it may scar but I thought I would give it a go. I am very happy that I did!

                        It is probably handy to keep a tube of this in the cupboard but I would recommend asking your doctor before using it for more than a few days.

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                        Effectively treats itchy, irritated or inflamed skin caused by insect bites, mild to moderate eczema and contact or allergic dermatitis.This specially formulated cream has been clinically proven to alter your bodys responses to inflammatory reactions and leave your skin feeling calm and soothed.