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side effects for topical steroid creams

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience Dermatology
Atrophy, striae: Applying a strong steroid cream for too long on thin skin (face, groin, underarms, etc.) will eventually cause thinning of the skin (atrophy) and even ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience Family Medicine
7 days: Steroids should not be used on the face for more than 7 days at a stretch, generally speaking.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
32 years experience Rheumatology
Depends: If topical steroids are used for short periods then they should be tolerated fine. Some steroids are more potent then others. They can lighthen or dis ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Bodian
34 years experience Dermatology
Thin skin: The most common side effects from the use of topical steroids (creams or ointments) is thinning of the skin, change in skin color (usually lighter), i ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Knecht
30 years experience Endocrinology
Systemic or topical?: Hi. I'm sorry, but your question is not clear to me. Are you wondering about systemic glucocorticoids GC) versus topical glucocorticoids? Systemic GC ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
47 years experience Rheumatology
Skin atrophy, etc: Skin atrophy and some are absorbed into the body and can produce the same side effects as oral or systemic steroids - which can cause problems in almo ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
They can: A little of the cortisone can be absorbed into the body. Part of this depends on how muchis placed on your body. You can discuss this with your ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Perry
Dr. Lee Perry answered
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Decreases inflammat: In general, topical steroids help to decrease the inflammation and redness associated with certain rashes. It is wise to avoid applying such creams to ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myra Skluth
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: They decrease redness. If too strong used for too long a time, causes skin atrophy.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Sometimes: There is minor absorption of topical steroid through the skin. This is usually in very small amounts and is not enough to cause any real issues. Howev ... Read More

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