Hydrocortisone is the pharmaceutical term for cortisol used in oral administration, intravenous injection or topical application. It is used as an immunosuppressive drug , given by injection in the treatment of severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis and angioedema , in place of prednisolone in patients who need steroid treatment but cannot take oral medication, and perioperatively in patients on longterm steroid treatment to prevent Addisonian crisis . It may be used topically for allergic rashes, eczema , psoriasis and certain other inflammatory skin conditions. It may also be injected into inflamed joints resulting from diseases such as gout .
Stephen Kemp, MD, PhD Former Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Pediatric Endocrinology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, Arkansas Children's Hospital
Stephen Kemp, MD, PhD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Pediatrics , American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists , American Pediatric Society , Endocrine Society , Phi Beta Kappa , Southern Medical Association , Southern Society for Pediatric Research
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