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Protopam Topical Steroid
Atrophy, striae: 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
Do topical steroids slow the increase in surface area of psoriasis spots or only treat the symptoms?
Topical steroids: are VERY TEMPORARY and not in this day and age the way to treat psoriasis since they do NOT treat the disease ONLY the symptoms (defined areas of the rash) There are a number of treatments which treat the whole body both "topical" (light therapy) and BIOLOGICAL systemic medications! ope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more
Which is better for rhinitis and why? Giving topical vasoconstrictor before topical steroid or vise versa?
Both, timing is key: A topical vasoconstrictor helps as a decongestant very quickly but can cause rebound if used regularly. Topical steroids are the most effective treatment for allergies and do not cause rebound. If ones nose is extremely congested, use vasoconstrictor before nasal steroid, but limit vasoconstrictor to less than a week. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer