Maximum strength Cortizone 10 Intensive Healing Lotion Eczema and Itchy, Dry Skin formula offers temporary relief, but it is not a permanent solution for chronic eczema sufferers. The claim is "fast, lasting itch relief." I can tell you from personal experience that the product delivers on both of those promises. It provides relief on contact, and I usually need to apply it no more than once every few days to relieve itchy eczema.
According to the package, Cortizone 10 Intensive Healing Lotion is recommended by dermatologists, and that aided in my decision to purchase it. Also, it has "7 intensive moisturizers", and it is "clinical strength with Restora botanical & vitamin complex” which also affected my decision to buy the lotion. The active ingredient is 1% hydrocortisone, just like in regular Cortizone, but I figured the extra moisturizers and vitamins would help to soothe skin that was already irritated, dry, and itchy. Some of the inactive ingredients the product contains are: aloe, oat kernel, shea butter, glycerin, and ginger root - ingredients that I have learned are good for skin.
The lotion is supposed to target itching, dryness, flaking/scaly skin, redness, and rash. It does moisturize and relieve itching on contact. It also relieves redness and flaky skin, to a degree. The problem is that the relief is only temporary (the product does not treat eczema - nor does it claim to - it only relieves the symptoms). In order to keep the symptoms in check, the product needs to be applied every 2 or 3 days (probably more, if your symptoms are more severe). I have no experience using Cortizone 10 Intensive Healing Lotion on rashes, so I can not say how well it works on those.
As far as relieving eczema, this product is suitable for temporary relief until you can see a dermatologist for a more permanent solution. Your doctor may even suggest you use it in tandem with a prescription product. The lotion contains the same active ingredient as regular Cortizone (plus it contains extra skin healing/soothing ingredients), so it is a great choice for bug bites and other minor skin irritations. Instead of simply alleviating the itching, the lotion helps to soothe irritation.
The 3.5 oz. tube I purchased at Wal-Mart has lasted me several months, which makes it worth the investment of $9.99. Since I bought the lotion, I’ve used it to treat small patches of chronic eczema, bug bites, and skin that just gets itchy from being dry during the cold, harsh winter months.