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If your current topical corticosteroid is not delivering the relief you need from your eczema, psoriasis, or other dermatoses, talk to your doctor about a prescription for Locoid Lipocream. This cream contains Hydrocortisone Butyrate, a potent steroid that can help reduce the inflammation, itching, and redness of your skin condition. Although the components of Locoid Lipocream and Locoid Cream are identical, the Lipocream formulation appears to be a preference for a wider range of skin conditions and some feel it is absorbed deeper upon application.
Once applied to the affected area as directed, Locoid Lipocream is absorbed into your skin cells where it works to decrease inflammatory substances from being released. Your immune response to irritation from allergic reactions, poison ivy rash, and other disturbances in your skin, is to send substances that cause inflammation. This is meant as part of the healing process, but inflammation causes more inflammation and can be painful. As the amount of inflammatory substances are reduced, so are your symptoms of itching, pain, and redness.
Contact dermatitis is a common cause of rashes that develop from simply coming into skin contact with an allergen, including soap, perfume, jewelry, certain fabrics, foods, or chemicals. Your immune system, for reasons unknown, feels that these pose a threat to do you harm and signals the production of inflammatory mediators with prostaglandins being the more significant ones. Your blood vessels widen to increase blood flow to the affected area and white blood cells flood in. Applying Locoid Lipocream will lower the inflammatory chemical production so the area will become less swollen, red and painful. Eczema and psoriasis flare-ups are also calmed down with Locoid Lipocream.
Ask your doctor about any risks with applying Locoid Lipocream while you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Let your doctor know about other medical conditions or allergies you have and provide a list of current OTC and Rx drugs you take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements so it can be determined if Locoid Lipocream is safe for you.
Do not apply Locoid Lipocream to skin areas that have sores, cuts, burns, or are possibly infected as this could cause too much of the product to be absorbed and possibly increase the risk of more serious side effects. Keep all medications out of children’s reach and do not share with others, even if they have the same symptoms. Long-term use of Locoid Lipocream is not recommended. Use only for the Prescribed treatment period as per your doctor.