Hydrocortisone is a medicinal form of the hormone cortisol. It reduces swelling, itching, and redness of skin seen in eczema, allergies, rashes, insect bites, and poison ivy. It is also used in conditions like thyroiditis, high blood calcium, rheumatoid arthritis, COPD, asthma, and adrenocortical insufficiency.

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Are my peeling lips for the past two years because of exfoliative cheilitis?

Query: Hello doctor, My lips suddenly started to peel off about two years ago. I went to a dermatologist, and he gave me Boroline. I have been using it for the last two years. Once in two days, white skin forms on my lips, and it peels off late. It is like a two-day cycle. After searching about my con...  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to icliniq.com. Kindly answer me the following to help you better; 1) Do you have a dry, scaly lip? 2) Is there any inflammation or swelling? 3) Did you expose yourself to dry winds? 4) Do you have any history of atopy or allergies? And also, kindly attach ...  Read Full »

How to get rid of red rashes in the neck and back of a 4-year-old child?

Query: Hello doctor, My son has rashes all over his neck and body. His neck is very red and wet. I am attaching a photo of his rashes. The doctor said he has eczema, and he suggested to use Daktacort, Aveeno cream, and Flucloxacillin, but it is not helping. It is getting worse. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvina Attavar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the attached photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity). How old is your son? From when is he having these rashes? Was Flucloxacillin prescribed before the rashes occurred? If your child is around a month and from the photos it looks like he has e...  Read Full »

How to taper the dose of medication taken for secondary adrenal insufficiency?

Query: Hi doctor, I recently had surgery which led to a four-day hospitalization and a diagnosis of secondary adrenal insufficiency. Oddly, I cannot get in to see an endocrinologist at the same hospital. I was put on hydrocortisone (Cortef 20 mg) in the morning and 10 mg in the night. How do I taper this?...  Read Full »

Dr. Albana Greca

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Let me explain a few things. You got diagnosed with secondary adrenal insufficiency. That means your adrenal gland is not able to produce cortisol, the hormone which the adrenal gland is producing naturally. Now, as you got insufficiency, it means that perhaps thi...  Read Full »

Why am I having itchy rashes and bumps on my skin at the time of periods?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31 year old female. I have rashes and bumps, that itch and look like they are big bites, but they are not. They come and go in different places and are more frequent around the time of my periods. I have had these bumps for seven months now. I am attaching a picture, what are thes...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query and saw the attachment provided by you (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and it appears that you have urticaria or hives in simpler terms. These usually occur when your immune system is a bit low such as during your periods, af...  Read Full »

My elbow pains a lot while doing exercise and climbing. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a climber's elbow, it is there for years, and nothing I do helps to relieve the pain. The soreness in my elbow is isolated to mostly the pronator teres muscle, and it pains whenever I do vertical pulling exercises such as pull up, pull downs, and seated rows. I recently stopped exe...  Read Full »

Dr. Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You would have probably lifted too much of weight that your body cannot handle in the first session. In any training we need to first prepare your body for that activity with less load initially, once your body is ready to take it, then you can increase the load either...  Read Full »

What are the recommended medications to heal for hemorrhoids?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 42-year-old male. I have bleeding with pressure from my swollen part of the hemorrhoid. Kindly suggest a medicine or pain reliever for hemorrhoid.   Read Full »

Dr. Sosela Rrusho

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern with hemorrhoids. In this condition, taking some topical treatments using local anesthetic ointment, mild astringents such as witch hazel, and corticosteroid creams help a lot. You can use Anodan HC rectal suppository or 0.5 % ointment (Hydroco...  Read Full »

Why are there cyst-like bumps on my eyebrow?

Query: Hi doctor, I have an infection in my eyebrow, causing cyst-like bumps and redness. It was accompanied by dry skin and flakiness. It seems to come and go. It has been an ongoing issue for over a year now. This is the worst it has ever been, and I pretty much have no eyebrow, just red bumps instead. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Do you have a greasy scalp?Is there any pain over the area of hair loss?Do you get pus-filled lesions, and after that, you experience hair loss from your eyebrow?  Read Full »

What are some of my yellow and green tattoos itchy, hard, and bumpy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am concerned about my tattoo placed before two months back. I have five tattoos with different colors such as blue, yellow, red, green, and purple. I have itching on my yellow and green tattoos from time to time and it lasts for two weeks. It subsides eventually for five to eight days ...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvina Attavar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Itchiness and thickening over tattoos indicate a couple of things. As these are occuring over colored pigments, there is a high chance for you to have tattoo granuloma. It means that the colored pigments have caused a foreign body reaction in your skin. If topical s...  Read Full »

After taking antibiotics for the flu, I got an extreme allergic reaction. Is this normal?

Query: Hi doctor, I recently had the flu that is going round. During it, my GP prescribed me Erythromycin because she thought that I had a bacterial infection in my throat. Whether or not she was right, I suffered an extreme allergic reaction to the antibiotic, which I had used before without side effects....  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. During an episode of the flu, the rash is a very common manifestation. However, at times, it is very tough to differentiate if it is a viral rash or a drug rash because of allergy to the medication. Viral exanthems do follow a pattern in a few cases, and they subside on ...  Read Full »

My 5-year-old daughter is suffering from cough and fever. Can I give Dexona to her?

Query: Hello doctor, My 5 year old daughter is suffering from a cough and mild fever for the last four days. Doctor prescribed with LCF Syrup and Azithral Syrup, but she is still coughing. Today, when she was sleeping, we heard cracking and wheezing sound and difficulty in breathing. Shall I give her Dexon...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please do CBC (complete blood count) and a chest x-ray before starting Dexona (Dexamethasone) as it is a steroid. Also, there may be a history of childhood asthma (hyper-reactive airway disease) and it is better to be sure before giving this medicine. This mostly looks li...  Read Full »

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