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How long is topical steroid cream (triamcinolone acetonide) effective once applied on skin? 1 hour? Several hours? Trying to decide when to wash off.

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In brief: Don't wash off

Topical steroid cream is usually rubbed in and left on.
If you have a very thick layer that isn't absorbing, you used too much cream.

In brief: Don't wash off

Topical steroid cream is usually rubbed in and left on.
If you have a very thick layer that isn't absorbing, you used too much cream.
Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
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Dr. Joseph Bark
Dermatology

In brief: Steroids

There's no need to wash off a steroid cream, if the correct one has been prescribed for the correct body area.
You need to ask your dermatologist about this because he or she has the specific frequency of application in mind and probably wrote that on the prescription.

In brief: Steroids

There's no need to wash off a steroid cream, if the correct one has been prescribed for the correct body area.
You need to ask your dermatologist about this because he or she has the specific frequency of application in mind and probably wrote that on the prescription.
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: See details

The cream is quickly absorbed into the skin. You cannot wash it off.

In brief: See details

The cream is quickly absorbed into the skin. You cannot wash it off.
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