Itchy Ears -- My Doc visit.

Question:

Thanks Julie , I will give Family Dollar a try for it ! tim - Hide quoted text -- Show quoted text -> Julie , > My experience seems to have shown that the Hydrocortesone prescription > cream base rubs-in-to the skin well , and , the OTC cream ( at least > generic ) leaves a greasey residue and does not fully rub-in which is > probably partially why the OTC barely works at all . > Hmm...  I haven't noticed that and I usually buy whatever is the cheapest. > Currently I have some stuff from Family Dollar.  Worked just fine on > mosquito bites.

Response:

Yes , thanks Julie , I will get it at Family Dollar this time as doggie needs it , and I will try it too !!! I think the last generic ( greasy cream ) was CVS store brand . ( at least it was the cheapest that CVS had at that time ) Most CVS store-brand and/or generic items are good though , strange , but I won't buy Hydrocortesone cream there anymore . tim   - Hide quoted text -- Show quoted text -> Julie , > My experience seems to have shown that the Hydrocortesone prescription > cream base rubs-in-to the skin well , and , the OTC cream ( at least > generic ) leaves a greasey residue and does not fully rub-in which is > probably partially why the OTC barely works at all . > Hmm...  I haven't noticed that and I usually buy whatever is the cheapest. > Currently I have some stuff from Family Dollar.  Worked just fine on > mosquito bites.

Response:

> I am pretty-dog-gone-sure that it is mostly the CHEAP cream base that > makes Over The Counter Hydrocortesone a waste of time and money .

Some of my prescription stuff seems to have the same base.  Just a higher concentration of steroid. -- Type 2 http://users.bestweb.net/~jbove/

Response:

Julie , My experience seems to have shown that the Hydrocortesone prescription cream base rubs-in-to the skin well , and , the OTC cream ( at least generic ) leaves a greasey residue and does not fully rub-in which is probably partially why the OTC barely works at all . tim - Hide quoted text -- Show quoted text -> I am pretty-dog-gone-sure that it is mostly the CHEAP cream base that > makes Over The Counter Hydrocortesone a waste of time and money . > Some of my prescription stuff seems to have the same base.  Just a higher > concentration of steroid.

Response:

> Julie , > My experience seems to have shown that the Hydrocortesone prescription > cream base rubs-in-to the skin well , and , the OTC cream ( at least > generic ) leaves a greasey residue and does not fully rub-in which is > probably partially why the OTC barely works at all .

Hmm...  I haven't noticed that and I usually buy whatever is the cheapest. Currently I have some stuff from Family Dollar.  Worked just fine on mosquito bites. -- Type 2 http://users.bestweb.net/~jbove/

Response:

Then buy the ointment instead of the cream. At least then it will stick. - Hide quoted text -- Show quoted text - > I am pretty-dog-gone-sure that it is mostly the CHEAP cream base that > makes Over The Counter Hydrocortesone a waste of time and money . > tim > > I never thought about any difference.  Are each "kind" the same > > strength?   Some prescription items for OTC are a lower potency. > > Read the label.  Quite a difference in cost and many OTC items are > > the same as a prescription.  I have had a pharmacist go to  the > > counter and take the item to prescribe.   Each case may be different. > > Read the labels. Cortisone reduces the inflammation but may not get to > > the root cause of a problem.  In other cases it may provide the edge > > to cure a problem.  I do know some higher strength steroids will work > > better on Poison Ivy.   There is a time to see a doctor > Yes, there are different strengths.  The OTC stuff is milder than the > prescription, although you can get mild prescription stuff too.  And there > are different bases.  We have already discussed the cream and ointment but > it also comes in gel form.  This is good for a person with oily skin, or in > my case for use with the compression hosiery.  The pharmacist can also mix > additional ingredients such as fungal things.

-- Chuck -