What are topical hydrocortisone products?
Hydrocortisone is a steroid, which works by reducing redness, itching and inflammation. Hydrocortisone is chemically similar to cortisol, a hormone made by your body every day. Topical steroids come in many forms, including ointments, creams, lotions, gels, and tape.
Hydrocortisone is available with or without a prescription. Low-strength preparations (0.5% or 1%), available without a prescription, are used for the temporary relief of itching and rashes caused by eczema among other skin irritations.