Topical Steroids

Corticosteroid medicines that are applied over the face, eyelids, perianal skin, or body folds to treat eczema, rash, and dermatitis are called topical steroids. These topical steroids have anti-inflammatory properties. Topical steroids are used to treat conditions like atopic dermatitis, xerotic eczema, scabies, dermatitis, psoriasis, lichen planus, etc.

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Can long-term use of Panderm Plus cream harm your skin?

Query: Hello doctor, I am using Panderm Plus for the past three years, and I could see a big difference on my face. When I started using it, my skin was very dark, but now everyone notices my skin tone and compliments it. But when surfing the internet today, I found that it can affect my skin when used ...  Read Full »


Dr. Dilip Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Panderm Plus (Terbinafine, Clobetasol, Ofloxacin, and Ornidazole) cream has Clobetasol proprionate as one of its ingredients which is the most potent topical steroids. Steroids are not recommended for facial pigmentati...  Read Full »

My lips remain dry and turns dark. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor,My lips have been dry, and the skin is senseless and tight. I cannot smile or move them. Eating has become a problem because the corners are cracked. I am not using any products, as they only seem to make it worse. They peel off after many days, but the new skin also drys out and again...  Read Full »


Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Your condition is called eczematous cheilitis. But, still please upload 2 to 3 photos of the area, so that is easy to diagnose the condition.Try applying topically Mometasone cream mixed with some moisturizing lotion, 2 to 3 times a day for two weeks.Avoid licking your ...  Read Full »

What is pityriasis rosea and how is it manifested?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having a few minor rashes around my torso for the past few weeks. It started with two patches on my upper middle back, about an inch in diameter each. Then I noticed little round red patches popping up, about 1 cm in diameter. The ones on my back are pretty faint red or pink patc...  Read Full »


Dr. Dilip Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. But there are no attached photographs in your message. Kindly send a picture of the affected area to assess the condition and suggest the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Take care.  Read Full »

Does prolonged steroids use worsen jock itch?

Query: Hi doctor, I have an annoying case of jock itch for ten years. It is a chronic condition for me (flare-up in summer), and I deal with it by using Abzorb powder. When I know I will sweat during walking, cycling, or working out, I apply a mixture of liquid Paraffin and Quadriderm. On days when the it...  Read Full »


Dr. B T Priya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Ten years is a long time to suffer from this condition. Is it tinea cruris or only intertrigo? You have applied Quadriderm (Betamethasone, Clotrimazole, and Neomycin) for a long time. It is a steroid combination. Quadriderm, though it gives relief from the symptoms...  Read Full »

Previously, I had a ringworm infection in the elbow and turned black now. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,A few months ago, I had gotten a ringworm on my inner elbow. It stayed there for a few weeks, and it had cleared up. After a few weeks, I noticed a black mark where the ringworm had been. Now, it is like a black stone. I do not know to describe it unless you saw a picture of it. It itches...  Read Full »


Dr. Rashmi Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It looks like the lesion has lichenified due to scratching. That means that there is some increase in the thickness of the patch. I can see an area of erosion right in the middle. I suggest to apply an antibiotic cream until that central raw area heals up, and then u...  Read Full »

Will steroids aggravate jock itch?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a rash on my inner thigh of both legs. It is not too itchy, but it itches intermittently that too mild. It has been few weeks since I got the rash. I applied Candid total cream, but it did not help. What should I do? Please guide me.  Read Full »


Dr. V Srikanth Reddy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You may be suffering from a fungal infection, which commonly affects the inner thighs, groin, and buttocks area. It can be treated by a course of anti-fungal treatment, which includes tablets along with creams. Do not use soap over that area. Mistreatment with the stero...  Read Full »

Kindly go through my attached photos and explain the cause of the rash.

Query: Hello doctor, I have recently developed a rash on the inside of my left leg. It looks like multiple bite marks from something or a rash; I am not sure. I thought that it might be due to bed bugs and the next day the same bumps or bite marks appeared on my stomach. It is even more around my right, an...  Read Full »


Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed the attached photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seems to be an allergic reaction either to something you have used or applied on your body or due to insect bite hypersensitivity reaction. I suggest you apply a steroid like Clo...  Read Full »

Is my DHT level causing mild hair fall and flaky scalp?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 19 years old. For the past three months, I have mild hair fall. I lose around 2 to 10 hair after every shower. I have never had hair fall in the past. I also did a background check with my family history; none had any baldness even in the 70s. I fear this would be the result of mas...  Read Full »


Dr. Shalini Patodiya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Flaky scalp not responding to Noskurf (combination of Climbazole, Piroctone Olamine, Aminodermine, and almond oil) lotion may be scalp psoriasis and need steroid plus Salicylic acid 6 % combination lotion. The pain is due to hair root inflammation, which is commonly...  Read Full »

Please suggest a treatment for plaque psoriasis of the knee.

Query: Hi doctor, My friend is 47 years old. He consulted a family doctor for the rash present on the knee. He diagnosed it as plaque psoriasis on the right knee. He has prescribed a topical steroid. He had flaking of skin and I looked at the condition. He does not have any redness over it. He has a simil...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashwini V Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please attach a picture of it. Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory condition affecting the skin. It presents with scaly plaques and redness in most cases. It can be itchy. If the psoriasis is localized, then topical treatment is enough to take care of it. But there is n...  Read Full »

Is there a permanent remedy to get rid of psoriasis?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to know a few details of the tablets which I have been taking for my scalp psoriasis. Winolap 5mg once in a while when itching is too high (without doctor's prescription). Isotretinoin drugs/other drugs (with doctor's prescription). I have been taking these medicines on a...  Read Full »


Dr. Rahul Rathee

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Isotretinoin is a potentially dangerous drug and in many countries there are very strict guidelines over its use. It basically contains retinoids which in simple language is a derivative of vitamin A. It is primarily used to treat severe cystic acne and I fail to und...  Read Full »

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