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A 33-year-old member asked:

Do topical steroid creams have any internal effects?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 56 years experience
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 physician

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Side effects for topical steroid creams?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
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 eventually stretch marks (striae). That's why dermatologists cringe when they see strong steroids prescribed for areas that are too sensitive to handle them properly. Strong creams should be used only on thick skin for a couple of weeks at most.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects to topical steroids?

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
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 discolor the skin if used too long. They can cause atophy or loss of skin and sometimes tissue just below the skin.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Hi docs, would topical steroid creams have any internal affects?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 53 years experience
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. However, if one uses cream over large areas of the body there could be enough absorption to cause issues.

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