Locoid Lipocream Uses
Locoid Lipocream is approved to treat a number of skin conditions in adults, including atopic dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. Children as young as three months old may use it for the treatment of atopic dermatitis only. Locoid Lipocream should generally not be used for longer than four weeks at a time, as the risk of side effects increases the longer you use it.
Locoid Lipocream® (hydrocortisone butyrate) is a prescription skin medication used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions in adults. It is also approved to treat atopic dermatitis in people age three months and older.
Locoid Lipocream is different from most creams, including regular Locoid Cream. It holds in moisture like an ointment, but feels like a cream (it does not leave a greasy, messy film).
Atopic dermatitis is a type of skin rash that usually develops in early childhood and continues into the teen years. The term "atopic" refers to a tendency to develop allergy conditions, and the term "dermatitis" means swelling of the skin.
Atopic dermatitis, which is not contagious, is often referred to as eczema, which is a general term for several types of skin inflammation. Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema. However, several types have similar symptoms.
The most common symptoms of atopic dermatitis are dry, itchy skin and rashes on the face, inside the elbows, behind the knees, and on the hands and feet.
Scratching and rubbing in response to itching will:
- Irritate the skin
- Increase inflammation
- Increase itchiness.
The goals of atopic dermatitis treatment are to heal the skin and prevent flare-ups. Current treatment options include:
- Topical steroids (like Locoid Lipocream)
- Topical immunomodulators
- Oral medications
- Ultraviolet light therapy.
Topical steroids should be used for only a short period in order to avoid undesirable or even dangerous side effects. Locoid Lipocream is approved for use for only four weeks at a time.