Westcort is a medication used to treat several skin problems and ailments. It has the active ingredient of Hydrocortisone valerate, which is a synthetic or fabricated corticosteroid that is used on the skin (topically). The naturally occurring corticosteroid is cortisol or hydrocortisone produced by the adrenal gland. Corticosteroids have potent anti-inflammatory actions and suppress the immune response. Westcort skin cream is used for the relief of itching and inflammation caused by a wide variety of skin conditions such as insect bites, allergic reactions and eczema.

Inflammation of the skin happens because of allergy or irritation of the skin, and caused by the release of various substances that are important in the immune system. These substances cause blood vessels to widen and result in the irritated area becoming red, swollen, itchy and painful, such as is seen in dermatitis or eczema.

This medication is used to treat a variety of skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, allergies and rash. Westcort skin cream reduces the swelling, itching, and redness that can occur in these types of conditions. This medication is a medium-strength corticosteroid.

How to use Westcort Cream

Use this medication on the skin only. However, do not use it on the face, groin, or underarms unless directed to do so by your doctor.

Wash and dry your hands before using. Clean and dry the affected area. Apply a thin film of medication to the affected area and gently rub in, usually 2-3 times daily or as directed by your doctor. Do not bandage, cover, or wrap the area unless directed to do so by your doctor. If used in the diaper area on an infant, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.

After applying the medication, wash your hands unless you are using this medication to treat the hands. When applying this medication near the eyes, avoid getting it in the eyes because this may worsen or cause glaucoma. Also, avoid getting this medication in the nose or mouth. If you get the medication in these areas, rinse with plenty of water.

Cautions before Use Westcort Cream

The cautions, which are needed before taking this medication, are as follows:

  • Bacterial skin infections, such as impetigo
  • Fungal skin infections such as thrush, ringworm, athlete’s foot
  • Viral skin infections, such as chickenpox, shingles
  • cold sores
  • Before using Westcort skin cream, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other corticosteroids such as prednisone, triamcinolone or if you have any other allergies.
  • Acne
  • Chronic medical history of weak immune system
  • Chronic medical history of poor blood circulation
  • Chronic medical history of diabetes

Westcort Cream Side Effects

  • Skin dryness, itching, redness
  • Weight loss
  • High blood pressure
  • Trouble in breathing
  • Headache
  • Muscle weakness
  • Puffiness and hair growth on the face
  • Thinning and easy bruising of the skin
  • Severe dizziness
  • Vision problems
  • Acne
  • Hair bumps
  • Increased thirst or urination
  • Swelling on face , mouth and lips
  • Swelling in ankles and hands

Westcort Cream Reactions and Overdose

Before using this medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist about all prescribed and nonprescribed or herbal products you are using as it may cause reactions with them.

Westcort may be harmful if swallowed. If overdose or swallowing is suspected the patient should be taken to the medical center immediately.


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