This medication is a mild corticosteroid. Hydrocortisone is used to treat a variety of skin conditions such as poison oak/ivy, insect bites, eczema, rash, allergies, dermatitis, itching of the outer female genitals, and anal itching. Hydrocortisone reduces the redness, swelling,  and itching that occurs in these types of conditions.

Side effects can be acne, skin redness, burning, itching, peeling, blistering, dryness, skin thinning/discoloration or stretch marks. 

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