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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

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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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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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What are the risks/benefits from topical steroid cream for phimosis?

What are the risks/benefits from topical steroid cream for phimosis?

See below: Betamethasone cream has be used very effectively for treatment of phimosis in children and adults. It is safe, easy to apply and cost effective. In most published protocols, it is used twice daily for up to 4 weeks and will improve or cure in >70%. The risks are minimal but prolonged use can cause thinning of the skin, and use of the cream extensively over the body can inhibit adrenal steroids. ...Read more

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What topical steroid cream do chemotherapy patients use for hair?

What topical steroid cream do chemotherapy patients use for hair?

Steroids: If you are asking whether topical steroids have any value for hair loss during chemotherapy, the answer is that they have no value in this condition. ...Read more

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Does anyone know how I can wean myself off of a topical steroid cream I use for eczema?

Transition Off: If you are clear, you can go to application every other day, then taper slowly over the next week. Also, there are "non-steroid" creams/ointments called calcineurin inhibitors that can extend the cleared periods for chronic eczema. Also, "skin barrier creams" are helpful as they help maintain the disrupted skin barrier in people with eczema. A coordinated skin care plan is a must for eczema. ...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?

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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I washed my sex toy in dish washing soap and it got in my vagina causing an awful reaction. What over the counter topical steroid cream can I get that will get rid of swelling (internal and external) and pain? I am already being treated for the yeast infe

Confusing....: Hmm... Confusing situation. I doubt dish washing soap would cause such a severe reaction. Maybe allergy to the plastic (or whatever the toy is made of)? If there have been sexual exposures with partners, maybe it's an STD e.g. herpes. This isn't something you should be trying to sort out on your own. See your doctor, ideally whoever diagnosed and is treating your yeast infection. Good luck! ...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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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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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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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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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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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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I have a rash on my lower right leg for over 1 year. I have seen two specialist and have used different type of topical steroid creams. Help?

I have a rash on my lower right leg for over 1 year. I have seen two specialist and have used different type of topical steroid creams. Help?

Resistant Rash: Since topical cortisone has not helped your rash, you may need a skin biopsy to help with a diagnosis. Another possibility is that you may have a rash that cannot be treated with cortisone like a fungal infection. ...Read more

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Please suggest topical steroid creams for my cracked itchy skin on my right hand thumb finger. Why did it happen specifically only to one finger?

Please suggest topical steroid creams for my cracked itchy skin on my right hand thumb finger. Why did it happen specifically only to one finger?

Hand Eczema: Hand eczema (also known as hand dermatitis) is a common condition affecting up to 10% of the population. It results from a combination of factors, both internal (e.g. Your genetic make-up), and external (e.g. Contact with irritants and allergens such as chemicals). Treatment is avoidance of allergens and topical steroids like vanos and emollients like cerave cream. ...Read more

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What topical steroid cream is safe to use for treating vitiligo during pregnancy. A doctor prescribed Melanocyl. Is it ok to use it?

What topical steroid cream is safe to use for treating vitiligo during pregnancy. A doctor prescribed Melanocyl. Is it ok to use it?

I'd use nothing: Any topical glucocorticoid is okay for pregnancy, but these medicines are unlikely to be very effective. Congratulations on your pregnancy. Wishing you a safe delivery and many happy years with your family. ...Read more

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Any topical cream (steroid cream) side effects?

Potentially.: 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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