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Dr. Tipu Sultan
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Topical Steroid (Overview)

Hydrocortisone creams and ointments, available in prescription and over-the-counter strengths, can help with a variety of skin conditions


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What does "topical steroid cream" do?

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

Dr. Tipu Sultan
449 Doctors shared insights

Topical Steroid (Overview)

Hydrocortisone creams and ointments, available in prescription and over-the-counter strengths, can help with a variety of skin conditions


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What exactly are topical steroid gels used for?

What exactly are topical steroid gels used for?

Better absorption &: I am assuming you are talking about sex steroids like Estradiol or testosterone. Fewer side effects are likely, because they do not go through the liver first.

If you are talking about corticosteroids, the medicine is on the skin at a higher concetration, sparing the body of steroid aside effects. They are used for inflammatory skin issues. Most forms are creams and ointments, not gels. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor prescribe topical steroids for certain rashes?

Why would a doctor prescribe topical steroids for certain rashes?

Response: Certain rashes are not infections and respond quite well to topical steroids which are less toxic than oral steroids. ...Read more

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I was prescribed a topical steroid cream for irritation on an eyelid but the warning label says not for opthalmic use is it safe to put there?

I was prescribed a topical steroid cream for irritation on an eyelid but the warning label says not for opthalmic use is it safe to put there?

Yes: All steroids except those specifically for the eye have that disclaimer. Use as directed and try to limit the exposure to two week intervals but in the short run it is safe. ...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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Is there a type of topical steroid creams that are effective for eczema or dermatitis long term?

Is there a type of topical steroid creams that are effective for eczema or dermatitis long term?

No.: There are many types of steroid creams all work for different stages of eczema or locations. "weak" steroid cream good for face ears and neck, for example. "strong" steroid cream suitable for chronic, thickend eczema. Sometimes, steroid creams loose their potency and become ineffective after a longterm usage. (there is debate why it's that). You'd better let your dermatologist decides what's best. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would the topical steroid cream work for my phimosis?

Hi docs, would the topical steroid cream work for my phimosis?

Yes, you may try. ..: Yes, you may try it and see for 1 month. But, if not improving or but worsening, you should see Doc timely. Still remember circumcision is still the definitive care for the troublesome tight long foreskin.

Best wish. .. ...Read more

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Is it safe to mix topical steroids?

Is it safe to mix topical steroids?

Topical steroids: It is not advisable to apply more than one topical steroid at a time. Firstly, using more than one will increase the amount of steroids absorbed by the skin causing more bad side effects. Secondly, it will be difficult to assess the effectiveness of the steroid you suse. ...Read more

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What are the side effects to topical steroids?

What are the side effects to topical steroids?

Depends: If topical steroids are used for short periods then they should be tolerated fine. Some steroids are more potent then others. They can lighthen or discolor the skin if used too long. They can cause atophy or loss of skin and sometimes tissue just below the skin. ...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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What exactly are topical steroid gels used for?

Better absorption &: I am assuming you are talking about sex steroids like Estradiol or testosterone. Fewer side effects are likely, because they do not go through the liver first.

If you are talking about corticosteroids, the medicine is on the skin at a higher concetration, sparing the body of steroid aside effects. They are used for inflammatory skin issues. Most forms are creams and ointments, not gels. ...Read more

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Is it safe to mix topical steroids?

Topical steroids: It is not advisable to apply more than one topical steroid at a time. Firstly, using more than one will increase the amount of steroids absorbed by the skin causing more bad side effects. Secondly, it will be difficult to assess the effectiveness of the steroid you suse. ...Read more

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What are the side effects to topical steroids?

Depends: If topical steroids are used for short periods then they should be tolerated fine. Some steroids are more potent then others. They can lighthen or discolor the skin if used too long. They can cause atophy or loss of skin and sometimes tissue just below the skin. ...Read more

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Do topical steroid creams have any internal effects?

They can: A little of the cortisone can be absorbed into the body. Part of this depends on how muchis placed on your body. You can discuss this with your physician ...Read more

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How can I prevent a rebound affect after using topical steroids?

How can I prevent a rebound affect after using topical steroids?

Short term use: If you use a topical steroid for a short period of time 1-2 weeks, you should have no problem. For someone with a chronic history of topical steroids, more than a month a few times each day, try slowly stopping called "tapering" off the medicine. Decrease to once a day for two weeks, then every other day for a few weeks, then you should be able to stop with no problem. ...Read more

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Which class of topical steroid has less side effect? And which class is safe to use and which brand is best?

Which class of topical steroid has less side effect? And which class is safe to use and which brand is best?

See answer: Topical corticosteroids are classed by potency: Low, Medium, High. Generally if your applying to your face it's advised to use a lower potency. There is no "best" brand. Most physicians get comfortable with using 1 or 2 creams in each potency group. The following article goes into detail about topical steroid creams: http://bit. Ly/1L2p291 ...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 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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Side effects for topical steroid creams?

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

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Does topical steroid creams affect your skin appearance?

Does topical steroid creams affect your skin appearance?

Yes: They decrease redness. If too strong used for too long a time, causes skin atrophy. ...Read more

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What are the side effects in topical steroids for psoriasis?

What are the side effects in topical steroids for psoriasis?

Thin skin: The most common side effects from the use of topical steroids (creams or ointments) is thinning of the skin, change in skin color (usually lighter), increased blood vessels or "broken capillaries", and stretch marks. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat eczema without topical steroid?

What is the best way to treat eczema without topical steroid?

Depends on severity: Mild eczema is best treated with strict adherence to proper bathing routines, moisturizing creams & skin barrier repair measures. More severe eczema can be treated with all the above, but may also need more serious approaches like oral medications. This could include methotrexate, cellcept, (mycophenolate mofetil) and cyclosporine. Eczema can also be managed using phototherapy (narrow band uvb). See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Which topical steroid is safe for scalp to use for three months?

Seb Derm: Depending on the severity will determine the strength of the topical steroid. Most if the time mid to high potency steroids may be used safely for short periods of time. See your dermatologist ...Read more

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Does anyone know anything about topical steroids for womens rash?

Does anyone know anything about topical steroids for womens rash?

Not specific enough: The use of topical steroids is for many conditions of the skin. The term "women's rash" is not specific enough to provide a useful answer to your question. The type of rash needs to be known. ...Read more

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Is there an OTC ointment as good as prescription topical steroids?

Is there an OTC ointment as good as prescription topical steroids?

Depends on needs: Low strength Hydrocortisone ointment and cream for use on skin are available otc. Higher strength Hydrocortisone and other more potent or specialized use steroid creams are only available by prescription. ...Read more

Dr. Foead Geula
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