Steroid cream for eczema side effects


Thinning Skin and Hydrocortisone Cream? What are the risks associated with cortisone creams? The primary risk, and what most seem to be concerned about, is thinning of the skin. While that is indeed a risk of using cortisone creams, it is important to stress that this is uncommon, and a risk that develops primarily from long-term, chronic (and excessive) use of cortisone creams. Despite this fact, many people fear thinning of skin is a risk even with responsible use of such treatments, or that it will happen immediately, and that is not the case. [2,3,4]

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A common mistake is to be too cautious about topical steroids. Some parents undertreat their children's eczema because of an unfounded fear of topical steroids. They may not apply the steroid as often as prescribed, or at the strength needed to clear the flare-up. This may actually lead to using more steroid in the long term, as the inflamed skin may never completely clear. So, you may end up applying a topical steroid on and off (perhaps every few days) for quite some time. The child may be distressed or uncomfortable for this period if the inflammation does not clear properly. A flare-up is more likely to clear fully if topical steroids are used correctly.

Steroid cream for eczema side effects

steroid cream for eczema side effects

A common mistake is to be too cautious about topical steroids. Some parents undertreat their children's eczema because of an unfounded fear of topical steroids. They may not apply the steroid as often as prescribed, or at the strength needed to clear the flare-up. This may actually lead to using more steroid in the long term, as the inflamed skin may never completely clear. So, you may end up applying a topical steroid on and off (perhaps every few days) for quite some time. The child may be distressed or uncomfortable for this period if the inflammation does not clear properly. A flare-up is more likely to clear fully if topical steroids are used correctly.

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