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Topical Steroid Medication
Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read more
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
I'm told I have a condition that is exacerbated by "medium to high doses of topical steroids". How does one quantify this "medium to high" dosage?
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes: They decrease redness. If too strong used for too long a time, causes skin atrophy. ...Read more
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
Do topical steroids slow the increase in surface area of psoriasis spots or only treat the symptoms?
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!
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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 more
Yes: But it probably won't really help much. If it itches then it might be beneficial. ...Read more
No: No you cannot. The blood level from topical is very low unless you bathe in it. ...Read more