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Can taking prednisone or topical steroids make a rash worse?

Can taking prednisone or topical steroids make a rash worse?

Yes: Yes, especially if the rash is caused by infection or if there is an allergy to the specific steroid preparation. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more


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Poison ivy on my left eyelids. Topical or oral steroids? Got a shot and 13 day prescription, tapering 60 to 10 mg (Prednisone)

Poison ivy on my left eyelids. Topical or oral steroids? Got a shot and 13 day prescription, tapering 60 to 10 mg (Prednisone)

Depends on risk: We can't give specifics in this forum. Poison ivy is contact dermatitis; peaks around 3-5 days after exposure, lasts 14-21d. Assuming "shot" is systemic steroids; some last 3 wks, others days. Must weigh risks of steroids, systemic (oral+shot) vs. topical (HTN, diabetes, GERD, osteopenia, AVN, glaucoma, cataracts, etc), which include current health status, timing, duration, potency, frequency, etc ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What topical steroid is for phimosis treatment?

What topical steroid is for phimosis treatment?

Phimosis: Topical steroids are not routinely used for phimosis and are not particularly effective in this condition. ...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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What are the side effects of systemic usage of glucocorticoids topical steroids?

Systemic or topical?: Hi. I'm sorry, but your question is not clear to me. Are you wondering about systemic glucocorticoids GC) versus topical glucocorticoids? Systemic GC can cause weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, thin skin, aseptic necrosis of the hip, etc. Topical GC, unless very potent over a huge body surface are, don't have these side effects. ...Read more

Dr. Tipu Sultan
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Topical Steroid (Definition)

Hydrocortisone creams and ointments, available in prescription and over-the-counter strengths, can help with a ...Read more


Dr. Gregg Albers
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Steroids (Definition)

Many children with croup need prescription medications. Often steroids can ...Read more