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How does hydrocortisone treat arthritis?

Hydrocortisone is a type of corticosteroid. Corticosteroids are man-made hormones similar to the cortisol hormone produced by the adrenal gland. Corticosteroids like hydrocortisone are effective in reducing symptoms of inflammation from arthritis. High doses of oral hydrocortisone can work to reduce inflammation within a short period of time. Low doses are prescribed to prevent the onset of severe inflammation in the joints. Both topical hydrocortisone and injections of hydrocortisone can be prescribed to treat arthritis.

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