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Q. Can over usage of the topical steroids for the face cause redness and itchy rahses?

Answered by
Dr. Dilip Meena
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 29, 2021

Hello doctor,

I am a 19-year-old female. I am affected by skin problems due to the over-usage of Bitvio cream. Now, I cannot stop that cream because of over-usage. If I stop using it, my face becomes red with some itchy rashes.

Kindly help.

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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern. Your condition is known as topical steroid-dependent face damage. Long-term use of steroid creams causes thinning of skin, redness, prominent vessels, some hair growth, photosensitive, etc. Also, when one tries to withdraw, they can have redness, darkness, pimple-like lesions, etc.

The only way to treat this is to stop using the cream and apply Tacrolimus and some topical anti-inflammatory drugs to prevent withdrawal symptoms. You can take Levoceteizine 5 mg once a day for itching. It takes several weeks to months to see good results.

Take care.


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