What Is Hydrocortisone Acetate Cream Used For?

Hydrocortisone acetate cream is an over-the-counter drug that is used to relieve minor skin irritations, external itching and rashes. It is recommended for use on eczema, insect bites, poison ivy itching, diaper rash, feminine genital itching and anal itching.

Some side effects of hydrocortisone are redness, burning or itching at the site of application. If the condition persists or gets worse, use should be discontinued and a doctor should be consulted.

This drug is not recommended for children under 2 years old, pregnant women or breastfeeding women unless prescribed by a doctor. The doctor or pharmacist should be informed of certain allergies that may react with hydrocortisone or the drug's inactive ingredients to avoid unwanted problems.