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Safely Dilute Steroid Creams
Decrease frequency: At first creams are typically used twice a day. Once the condition is under control decrease to once a day and then when possible every other day. This is called weaning, similar to when steroids are used orally. It is better to wean than use stop and restart. Stronger creams should not be used on sensitive area such as inner thighs, armpits, face , because ti can thin skin and cause stretch marks. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not likely.: According to the a web search, dr. Reddy niltan cream is an otc, homeopathic product that some believe to have beneficial effects on degeneration of the knees. The active ingredients appear to be boswellia serrata extract, coriander seed oil, ; liquorice extract. None to my knowledge have any steroid effect on the body; some of the perceived benefit may be boswellia's antiinflammatory effects. ...Read more
no: Expired steroid creams might not have the full strength of the steroid as listed on the package but are safe to use if not discolored or damaged. The breakdown products of these creams are not harmful or dangerous. ...Read more
Potentially: Long term use of topical steroids can cause atrophy or thinning of the skin - and also dilated vessels and possibly scarring. You need to speak to your prescribing physician to determine your exact course which is usually limited to 1-3 weeks depending on your exact underlying condition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Frequent and long duration usage of steroid creams will lead to addict(depend) the skin to that cream? if so what is the duration steroids can be used?
Short times. : The skin will be come thin, shiny and frequently have little arteries showing in the skin Can take a long time to recover especially on the face. Should not use longer than a week to 19 days. follow prescriber instructions. ...Read more
Children do better: Than adults. 70 -80% respond to steroid creams, if applied correctly. This means pulling back on the foreskin and appling cream to all the skin preventing retraction, or are of narrowing causing a "waist" if the tight foreskin can be pulled over the glans. Apply twice daily for 3 months.Remember always to pull tight foreskin back over glans to avoid paraphimosis. Unfortunately 50% re-phimose. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Could: Steroid dampen the infection fighting ability of skin and steroid cream may contribute to infection of the hair follicles. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
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