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What should i do, my skin is addicted to hydrocortisone?

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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Not sure if this is: True. Actual addiction is a complex process. I am going to guess you mean that your skin condition gets better with steroids and then gets worse when you stop. Depending on your actual diagnosis, this may be true. Steroids sometimes only control and do not cure a skin disease. I suggest you consult with a dermatologist and have him explain your condition.

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Can skin become addicted to hydrocortisone?

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Pharmacology 41 years experience
Not really: "addiction" to a topical medication would be very rare. It may be possible for you (not really your skin) to develop a tolerance to milder doses of hydrocortisone- which may require the use of a stronger topical steroid- but your health care professional would be able to evaluate that for you. Important to evaluate the cause of the skin irritation requiring topical Hydrocortisone treatment.

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