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.
Do topical steroids slow the increase in surface area of psoriasis spots or only treat the symptoms?
Topical steroids. 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! Dr Z.
How long for topical steroid to clean tiny patch of psoriasis? If doesn't then what do I do? Biopsy said psoriasis & cd3 showed no significant tcell
It may not. There is no guarantee that a topical steroid will clear it.
Depends. It can be influenced by the potency of the steroid being used, whether it is a cream or an ointment, how often you are applying it and whether you are covering the site after applying the steroid.
Psoriasis- method for patient to estimate plaque coverage? Dr. recs tanning bed, but is that along with topical steroid & vit D? How much tanning?
Light therapy. Light therapy is generally prescribed along with other treatments such as topical steroid and vit D. The prescribing physician should clearly indicate the amount of UV exposure prescribed both to optimize results and to apply for insurance reimbursement.
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.
Systemic or topical? Hi. I'm sorry, but your question is not clear to me. Are you wondering about systemic glucocorticoids GC) versus topical glucocorticoids? Systemic GC can cause weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, thin skin, aseptic necrosis of the hip, etc. Topical GC, unless very potent over a huge body surface are, don't have these side effects.
Skin atrophy, etc. Skin atrophy and some are absorbed into the body and can produce the same side effects as oral or systemic steroids - which can cause problems in almost any part of the body.
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.
How long does it take for high strength topical steroid creams on the face to cause side effects especially skin thinning?
7 days. Steroids should not be used on the face for more than 7 days at a stretch, generally speaking.