The beginning of summer kicks off the camping and hiking season, anxiously awaited by those who have endured a long cold winter. This year will likely prove to be one of the busier camping seasons as many Americans bypass more expensive vacations that involve pricey airline tickets or gas guzzling road trips. Emergency department staff will probably see a greater number of people with contact dermatitis caused by exposure to poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac. Many people have never seen poison ivy , or perhaps wouldn't recognize it if they saw it. Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac belong to the plant genus Toxicodendron (previously referred to as Rhus ). Toxicodendron means "poisonous tree." These plants have an oil-based substance in the resin on their leaves and in their stems and branches called urushiol that causes a delayed skin reaction in about 50% of people that contact it. Urushiol may cause severe contact dermatitis in people that have previousl...
Generic Name: HYDROCORTISONE - TOPICAL Pronounced: (HYE-droe-KOR-ti-sone) Cortisone Top Precautions
Before using hydrocortisone, tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other corticosteroids (e.g.,
prednisone, triamcinolone); or if you have any other allergies. This product
may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other
problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
If you have any health problems, consult your doctor or
pharmacist before using this product.
If you have itching of the outer female genitals with
vaginal discharge, consult your doctor before using this
Do not use if there is an infection or sore in the area to
be treated. Skin infections can become worse when this medication is used. Tell
your doctor promptly if redness, swelling, or irritation does not
Children may be more sensitive to the effects of too much
Read Kathi's previous post on Anaphylaxis Medications are given to us to help ease symptoms or battle a health condition. They are meant to be helpful, not harmful. However, any time you place a foreign substance into your body, you run the risk of triggering negative consequences, along with the positive ones. In most cases, these negative effects take the form of mild, bothersome, but ultimately short-term, side effects. For instance, a common side effect of taking antibiotics is stomach upset and/or diarrhea. A common side effect of taking pain medicine is constipation. But some side effects can be more harmful and longer lasting. For instance, a common side effect of taking a type of arthritis medicine called a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (or NSAID for short) is severe stomach irritation, including ulcers of the digestive tract. In these cases, doctors and patients must weigh the benefits of the medicine versus the risks, or side effects. In...
You should knowAnswers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.