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Dr. Foead Geula
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Steroids (Definition)

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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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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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Can I use steroid cream for 1.5-2 weeks then take 1.5-2 weeks off and use it again & do that for 6-12 mth period for eczema?

Can I use steroid cream for 1.5-2 weeks then take 1.5-2 weeks off and use it again & do that for 6-12 mth period for eczema?

Eczema: There are other medications for eczema that are non steroids such as Elidel (pimecrolimus) or Protopic that can be used all of the time if necessary. But in addition you would need a moisturizer like cerave cream which is over the counter. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with lichen planus on penis, steroid cream not working, any other remedies?

Diagnosed with lichen planus on penis, steroid cream not working, any other remedies?

Excimer laser: The excimer laser, wavelength 308 which is used for psoriaisis can be safely used on the penis for inflammation such as is found in lichen planus. Oral steroids are temporary and the lichen pla us will recur quickly. Another option is vertical, a vitamin d ointment, which will not thin skin of the penis. ...Read more

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I have lichen sclerosis. My vulva minora are almost gone I am on a steroid cream. If I take the Plan B pill, ec, will it have detrimental effects?

I have lichen sclerosis. My vulva minora are almost gone I am on a steroid cream. If I take the Plan B pill, ec, will it have detrimental effects?

Lichen sclerosis: This condition is difficult to treat. Potent, prescription topivcal corticosteroids are the mainstay of treatment and most respond somewhat. Other treatments are available, including those containing hormobes, and do have potential side effects. One should discuss these options with their doctor prior to starting treatment. ...Read more

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How much time can I use hydrocortisone 1 % cream for anal fissure? Do I have to take breaks because it is a steroid cream?

How much time can I use hydrocortisone 1 % cream for anal fissure? Do I have to take breaks because it is a steroid cream?

Hydrocortisone: The main reason is to decrease irritation till the fissure heals. Long term use over time will thin the skin and mucus membrane. So use it as long as it feels itchy and irritating. When these symptoms dissipated then stop using. ...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.

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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 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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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

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Can a topical steroid cream work for my phimosis?

Can a topical steroid cream work for my phimosis?

Prescription creams: 1% Betamethasone Valerate or Kenalog (triamcinolone) are only available in US by prescription. Might work, but less likely as get older, i.e. your age. Will not work if phimotic ring is scarred, in which case surgery is only viable option. 0.Try it, might help nut don't be disappointed if it does not or recurs. ...Read more

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How to tell if my rash is scabies or something else? It doesn't itch and it comes and goes. I've used scabies cream and steroid cream

How to tell if my rash is scabies or something else? It doesn't itch and it comes and goes. I've used scabies cream and steroid cream

Rash: Best way is to be seen by a dermatologist because you are self diagnosing yourself and treating yourself. In case it is a skin fungus you are not treating it right and by putting steroids you are promoting the fungus to grow since I can't see a picture go to your Dr. Or to a dermatologist. ...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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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.
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What is the effects of steroid cream on skin?

Topical Steroids: Steroids can thin the skin, dilate the blood vessels and cause stretch marks. ...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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I am using the steroid cream now, starting around 5 hours ago, I am still itching : (is it gonna go away?

I am using the steroid cream now, starting around 5 hours ago, I am still itching : (is it gonna go away?

Depends: We need to know what causes the itching and whether you have any skin rash to give you an answer. Perhaps the steroid is not potent enough to control the inflammation (Rx ones are >10x more potent than the OTC ones) or an antihistamine may work better for you.
If your itching is caused by a drug, then it may take days after the drug has been stopped for itching to stop, if by a food <1 day. ...Read more

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What does "topical steroid cream" do?

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 the face, and I would recommend seeing your physician prior to applying any topical steroids. ...Read more

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Any topical cream (steroid cream) side effects?

Potentially.: 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. ...Read more