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Dr. Tipu Sultan
446 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 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
446 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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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

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Steroids (Definition)

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