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Natural Alternatives to Topical Hydrocortisone

by Sarah Terry
Topical hydrocortisone is commonly used as a steroidal medicine to relieve inflammation and other symptoms related to certain skin conditions. You might use topical hydrocortisone to treat itching, redness and swelling from dermatitis, psoriasis or eczema. Certain herbal creams might provide benefit...

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