Hydrocortisone cream 2.5 is a topical steroid that helps to treat skin problems including swelling, redness and inflammation. The cream works by reducing various chemical reactions in the body that lead to such skin problems.
According to WebMD, hydrocortisone cream 2.5 percent helps to treat an array of skin conditions, including insect bites, poison oak and ivy, allergies, rashes and dermatitis. This medication is intended for use only on the skin and should not be applied to other parts of the body without approval from a doctor. Aside from its cream form, hydrocortisone comes as a spray, lotion or foam. Hydrocortisone cream USP 2.5 will not help to treat skin problems such as viral, bacterial or fungal infections.