Yes and no. It can be used, and can be quite effective in treating hemorrhoids, but hydrocortisone can also make hemorrhoids worse if it is not used in the right way.
Hydrocortisone helps to reduce swelling, redness and pain in other injuries, so it seems logical that it should be used to treat hemorrhoids since two of the three main symptoms of hemorrhoids are pain and swelling.
This means that a little touch of Hydrocortisone could possibly take away a majority of the complaints that come with those pesky bottom dwelling hemorrhoids. However, hydrocortisone is a little more serious of a cream than Prepration H, and needs to be used under the right circumstances.
Here are some basic guidelines for how and when to use hydrocortisone on hemorrhoids to make them go away:
Make sure there are no open sores: If your hemorrhoids are still small enough that no bleeding has occurred yet, then go for it. Rub on that hydrocortisone and watch the magic happen. If, however, your hemorrhoids have advanced to the point that they are causing bleeding and open sores, then you should stop that bleeding first. Do not use hydrocortisone on an open wound. This can be very dangerous. Make sure the sores are no longer bleeding and are at least partially healed before you start using hydrocortisone on them.
Use small amounts at a time: You are going to feel almost instant relief when you use hydrocortisone on your hemorrhoids. Do not let this tempt you into putting too much on there. Less is more in this situation. Don’t use too much, or you will defeat the purpose of using hydrocortisone on your hemorrhoids to begin with.
Apply it twice a day: Usually this means that you apply it morning and night, but that doesn’t have to be the case. You just want to make sure you have a steady supply of the hydrocortisone on the hemorrhoids- so a 12 hour gap in application works well.
Let it dry out well: Before you put your pants back on, try to let the salve you applied dry out a little. If you don’t, you will lave too much moisture sitting there, and this can cause other skin problems that are just as annoying as hemorrhoids. If you won’t have the time to let the hydrocortisone dry before putting your clothing on and trapping in the moisture, then wait for another time.
Use as directed: There are a few different manufacturers of hydrocortisone, and while whatever form you get should have similar procedures and directions for application, you want to be sure you are doing it the right way. Read over the instructions before application so you know what to do.
Hydrocortisone is an amazing product and can work wonders for those suffering from hemorrhoids. However, it can be dangerous if not used properly, so be sure and follow these suggestions so that you can get the most out of your hydrocortisone use.