Hydrocortisone for herpes
by anonaone22, Aug 24, 2011
Hi....I'm a 38 year old female who has had genital herpes (HSV1) since I was 23.  I rarely have outbreaks and take no prescriptions anymore.  Last Tuesday (a little over a week ago), I started in with an outbreak.  For some reason, I did not bother to look up if this was safe, but decided to use hydrocortisone cream to help with the itching and soreness. I was using both a non prescription strength and prescription strength that had been prescribed for excema.  A week later I could not figure out why this was only getting worse despite taking large amounts of lysine (something that has seemed to help me when I feel tingling like an OB is coming), so two nights ago I googled and lo and behold I was not doing myself any favors :(. Apparently hydrocortisone is a huge no-no for treatment of herpes.   I'm a smart and educated woman and feel really dumb that I did this.

My question is about what this cream has done to the virus.  Obviously, it has prolonged this outbreak and made it more severe than usual.  But, has it made the virus even stronger in my body now?  And, how long does it take for hydrocortisone to leave the system so that my body can actually start healing now? :(.  Last night I applied some of this cream to excema, not even thinking my body was still absorbing it even if I wasn't putting it where the herpes is - duh.  
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Member Comments (4)
by maatson, Aug 24, 2011
Guess you are taking the precautions too far, surely not indicated in herpes but it does nor alter the virus after application, nor it stays too long after application. Learn lessons but let go the anxiety! ok?
by Bhupinder Kaur, MDBlank, Aug 24, 2011
Steroid can aggravate any fungal infection but it has no role on the multiplication or addition of the virus. Since you have left the usage of the topical steroid, hence you should not worry about it.
It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.

by anonaone22, Aug 24, 2011
Thank you, Dr. Kaur.  I'm glad to hear I've not caused the virus to "multiply".  I'm leaving it alone and waiting it out.  And leaving the hydrocortisone for its intended use - excema :).  
by Maria0321, Jun 19, 2013
Hi Dr. Kaur,
I keep getting ob in my buttocks I have been using hydrocortison it helps with the itch, but now I am so worry.  I don't want t go the my PCP I take enought meds as it is. I don't know what else to use.