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Do tropical corticosteroids cause weight fluctuations?

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Dr. Dale Carrison
Emergency Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: It would be unusual.

It would be unusual for topical corticosteroids to cause weight fluctuations.
Although there are many strengths of topical steroids, unless you were to use an unusual amount these steroids it would be unlikely to cause any weight changes. Oral corticosteroids can cause weight gain if taken for a significant period of time. With short term steroid use, there are usually minimal side effects.

In brief: It would be unusual.

It would be unusual for topical corticosteroids to cause weight fluctuations.
Although there are many strengths of topical steroids, unless you were to use an unusual amount these steroids it would be unlikely to cause any weight changes. Oral corticosteroids can cause weight gain if taken for a significant period of time. With short term steroid use, there are usually minimal side effects.
Dr. Dale Carrison
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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

The amount of systemic absorption with a topical steroid is miniscule and would not cause any issues with weight fluctuations.

In brief: No

The amount of systemic absorption with a topical steroid is miniscule and would not cause any issues with weight fluctuations.
Dr. John Munshower
Dr. John Munshower
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Dr. Thomas Erdmann
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Topical steroids tend not to be absorbed in sufficient quantity to trigger weight gain.
Sometimes, a small reaction does occur to very strong steroid creams, especially if the cream is applied with a bandage or other covering. But usually we don't' have any weight problems with those medicines.

In brief: No

Topical steroids tend not to be absorbed in sufficient quantity to trigger weight gain.
Sometimes, a small reaction does occur to very strong steroid creams, especially if the cream is applied with a bandage or other covering. But usually we don't' have any weight problems with those medicines.
Dr. Thomas Erdmann
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