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Doctor insights on: How Long Do You Typically Use A Steroid Cream For

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How long do you typically use a steroid cream for?

How long do you typically use a steroid cream for?

Depends: It depends on the type of steroid (potency of the steroid), the location on the body being treated (face vs trunk), and the condition being treated. Most of the time it's important to use the medication as perscribed by your dermatologist/doctor until the condition is under control and then to slowly reduce the frequency of use or stop completely. Important to ask your doctor to avoid problems. ...Read more

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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