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Doctor insights on: Prednisone Topical Steroids

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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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Swollen itchy under eyes lids and lower. Used topical steroid, eye drop steroids and prednisone. Once steroids done it comes back. What could it be?

Swollen itchy under eyes lids and lower. Used topical steroid, eye drop steroids and prednisone. Once steroids done it comes back. What could it be?

See a dermatologist: Probably eczema. If it is, it is chronic and recurrent. Prolonged use of steroid here brings risks of glaucoma, cataracts, and periorafacial dermatitis.Calcineurin inhibitor is safe and effective. By prescription you will control your skin problem with tacrolimus ointment 0.1% or pimecrolimus cream. ...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?

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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Skin discoloration after using topical steroid cream, is this permanent?

Skin discoloration after using topical steroid cream, is this permanent?

Maybe: If your skin turned white or lightened in color this will usually go away. If small blood vessels are visible or if you are using the cream on your face and it is red this may be permanent. ...Read more

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Is it ok if I used topical steroid creams for eczema or dermatitis long term?

Is it ok if I used topical steroid creams for eczema or dermatitis long term?

Many Factors Involve: Chronic eczema is often treated with long term use of topical steroids. However, using them in this way requires frequent breaks and good follow up with your doctor to make sure you are not having side effects. It also depends a lot on the strength of the steroid and where you are putting them. Eczema requires a coordinated skin care plan of which steroids are a small part. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of systemic usage of glucocorticoids topical steroids?

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

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What are the side effects of systemical use of glucocorticoids topical steroids?

Skin atrophy, etc: Skin atrophy and some are absorbed into the body and can produce the same side effects as oral or systemic steroids - which can cause problems in almost any part of the body. ...Read more

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In treatment of ocular conditions, are topical steroids contraindicated in little children?

Depends: On the ocular condition. If an ophthalmologist prescribes a steroid drop then it would be fine. In general, I do not as a pediatrician, prescribe steroid eye drops without the input of the eye specialist. ...Read more

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I am looking for longterm relief from eczema! topical steroid creams are only temporary, what can help me maintain it?

Skin Care Plan: Chronic eczema is often treated with long term use of topical steroids. However, using them in this way requires frequent breaks and good follow up with your doctor to make sure you are not having side effects. It also depends a lot on the strength of the steroid and where you are putting them. Eczema requires a coordinated skin care plan of which steroids are a small part. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have been reading about topical steroid addiction/steroid induced eczema - what are your thoughts on the condition, and if believed, best solution?

I have been reading about topical steroid addiction/steroid induced eczema - what are your thoughts on the condition, and if believed, best solution?

Tapering off steroid: This has been a challenging problem for several years. Prolonged use of topical steroids leads to erythema and some atrophy of the skin. This leads to an ever increasing strength of the topical to control it which makes it worse. Gradual tapering off the topical steroids and sometimes patch testing for possible allergy is warranted. ...Read more

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Are topical steroids safe for women?

Are topical steroids safe for women?

Yes: The use of topical steroids is for a variety of cutaneous, mucosal and occular conditions to name a few. This also includes your pets. They are safe but like any medication you take they can have side effects. Theirs can include allergic reaction to the product, infection, tissue atrophy if you use too high a amount on thin skin. The safety is similar in women, men, children, pets, etc. ...Read more

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