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Hydrocortisone is a low potency topical steroid. However long term use can cause side effects, in your particular case skin atrophy is the main concern. Another problem is hypo-pigmentation of the area. If you don't have any of these side effects then you can continue to use the cream as long as you need it. Let me know if you have any other questions.
At the moment you are in a very low dose steroid and the risk is minimal. You can stop using the cream and see if you have any symptoms back. In case your symptoms return you can use it for a month and then stop for a month.
Thin skin and easy bruising are the main problems with skin atrophy.
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