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How long do you typically use a steroid cream for?

How long do you typically use a steroid cream for?

Varies: As long as necessary. For a temporary condition less than a week. For chronic conditions several weeks if necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Dx'd with allergic reaction by leg incision 4 wk postop. Rash - red, raised, dry, itchy. Steroid cream 2x day, covered leg in brace. How long last?

Dx'd with allergic reaction by leg incision 4 wk postop. Rash - red, raised, dry, itchy. Steroid cream 2x day, covered leg in brace. How long last?

Depends: Depends on what type of allergic reaction you are encountering and whether you are still exposed. To the allergen. I presume your problem is from something you came into contact with during surgery and that it is most a skin rash. If no further contact, i'd expect the rash to subside in about a week. If you want a better answer, you will need to give us a better description. ...Read more

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How to transition off using steroid cream after 20 years?

Why?: Varying potency of steroid creams, but generally should not use any for more than two weeks at a time. Some absorption into the system is unavoidable. Two major risks of chronic topical steroid -- permanent thinning of exposed skin with cosmetic changes, and chronic suppression of adrenal gland function. Morning adrenal blood test can assess the latter. Find alternative for skin problem!! ...Read more

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It was 30 degrees outside last night and I left my steroid cream (Triancinolone cream) in the car. It was extremely cold. Is it still safe to use ?

Temperature on Meds: Your Triamcinolone is likely fine after being in the cold car all night. But if you are concerned, call a pharmacy and ask to speak to the pharmacist. Creams and ointments do not generally get affected by cooler temperatures. I would be more concerned with excessive heat. ...Read more

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Can steroid cream cause petichiae?

Skin thinning: It can cause skin atrophy and easy bruisibility hence petechia. ...Read more

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Eczema, are there steroid cream alternatives?

Eczema, are there steroid cream alternatives?

Yes many: See your doctor for a discussion regarding what the alternatives for your skin condition include. Eczema affects many areas of the skin and scalp and there are different treatments available according to your particular situation. ...Read more

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Had using steroid cream for psoriasis ruined my skin?

Had using steroid cream for psoriasis ruined my skin?

Not enough info: What do you mean by ruined? If you believe there is a problem, see a dermatologist to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What should I look for in a steroid cream for phimosis?

What should I look for in a steroid cream for phimosis?

Prescription : The creams which work are prescription strength such as 0.1% Betamethasone cream to be applied twice daily for 2 months. There are no side effects and one can expect an 80 % chance of success. ...Read more

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Can a steroid cream cause folliculitis?

Could: Steroid dampen the infection fighting ability of skin and steroid cream may contribute to infection of the hair follicles. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Can I use a steroid cream for a swollen bug bite?

Can I use a steroid cream for a swollen bug bite?

Yes: You can use a low strength steroid like Hydrocortisone 1% unless the area appears infected (red, swollen, warm and painful) - if so, then seek advise and care from your primary doctor. ...Read more

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Its there a non steroid cream for psoriasis that actually works?

Its there a non steroid cream for psoriasis that actually works?

A few options: The main non-steroidal topical rxs for psoriasis are dovonex and vectical, which are synthetic vitamin d analogues, and tazorac (tazarotene), a vitamin a analogue (aka retinoid). There are also two topical immunomodulators (aka calcineurin inhibitors) called Elidel (pimecrolimus) and Protopic which are more commonly used to treat eczema. I share however your frustration with topical psoriasis therapy. ...Read more

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Can I use tricinolone steroid cream & neosporin antibacterial together?

Yes: These can be used together with the steroid cream applied first. This is often done if rashes such as eczema are secondarily infected. However, bactroban (mupirocin) ointment is a better choice than neosporin due to the lower risk of allergic contact dermatitis. ...Read more