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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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How to fix skin thinning caused by steroid-based whitening cream?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 17 years old. A year ago, I used steroid-based whitening cream, and now my skin is thin. How to fix it? Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Bisma Khalid

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I have a few questions: How long ago did you stop using steroid creams? Are you currently using anything? From the image attached (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity), I can see mild prominent t...  Read Full »

Will steroids present in whitening cream cause dryness and itch after withdrawal?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been using Amira magic cream for about four years and I just totally stopped this year. I got itchy, very dry, red, and flare up skin on my face, neck, and underarms. I noticed that every time I stopped using it my skin became dry and itchy but when I started to apply the cream...  Read Full »

Dr. Rabia Anjum

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You should not use it further as it is clearly causing damage and problem to your skin. The manufacturer does not write steroids in its composition but the whitening creams available in the market do contain harmful ingredients. Always use the product prescribed by t...  Read Full »

Why do I have a piece of dry skin on the center of the nipple?

Query: Hi doctor, Is it normal to have a piece of dry skin in the center of the nipple? I was just able to pick it out. My last mammogram was normal, which was taken six months before.  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for trusting us about your health care. I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. Your symptoms are suggestive of eczematous dermatitis. You can keep the area dry and clean, apply steroid ointment over it and use vitamin E capsules. Are yo...  Read Full »

I want to quit Melacare face cream. Please suggest an alternate.

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to know the substitute for Melacare cream, as I got the look after using the cream and want to stop it.  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Why was it prescribed to you? Wat was the complaint? How long did you apply? Because it also contains steroid and should not be used for long time. You should use sunscreen daily. Safer option like Kojiglo cream can be used.  Read Full »

Is cracked foreskin a side effect of steroid cream?

Query: Hi doctor, I suffered from the worst case of Tinea cruris. I was on medication for almost six months and now it has cured completely. But, I am facing problems with my foreskin. Every now and then I have cuts and cracks when I pull the foreskin back. Also, when the foreskin is too dry it is having s...  Read Full »

Dr. Raman Tanwar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your foreskin appears to be healthy (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and deserves to be saved. The coconut oil application is a very good way for that. Apply Clobetasol ointment twice a day after bath and evening and retract your foreskin multiple times du...  Read Full »

My skin got damaged after the use of cortisone cream. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 26 years old. I am trying to find a way to heal my skin after abuse of cortisone creams. Quite specifically, in between my eyebrows, my skin is seriously thin and looks damaged. I stopped using the cortisone creams before four years, and I was given them to use due to allergic rea...  Read Full »

Dr. Rashmi Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How long did you use cortisone cream over the face?Repair of steroid-induced damage requires a lot of patience. In mild to moderate cases, gentle cleanser - Cetyl alcohol based with barrier repair agents containing Ceramide and Hyaluronic acid suffice. In cases where d...  Read Full »

I have darkened skin due to steroid use. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have eczema and over the years doctors have provided me a steroid ointment which I have been using. The side effects were darkening of the skin. Wondering if there is a solution since now my skin has become really dark on my face and neck. Also, I have hyper-pigmentation all over my che...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have noted your concern and I have viewed the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity).You seem to have acne along with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) from previously healed acne. Acne is a well-known side effect of steroid creams. So perh...  Read Full »

My son's penis tip is very narrow. How to manage it?

Query: Hi doctor, My 2 year old son's penis tip has a very narrow opening. The foreskin at the bottom part is quite flexible, but it seems to be attached to the inner meatus at the tip. When I try to pull back the foreskin for cleaning gently, the inner meatus is hardly visible. Earlier, he used to have ba...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This phenomenon is known as phimosis. Most of the time, steroid ointment will help. In your case, it has helped. So, do not worry even if the opening is small as long as there is no ballooning of the prepuce. You can get a circumcision if you want to get rid of this prob...  Read Full »

What will happen with prolonged use of topical steroids?

Query: Hi doctor, Two years back I had the problem of ringworm on my upper leg near both sides of the testes and I used antifungal cream Betnovate C and Quadriderm. By using this cream my ringworm are gone but skin becomes very thin with rashes marks. Now there is no problem with ringworm but the skin look...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaunak Patel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Looking at the history and the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) there seems to be a clear correlation. Betnovate-C (a combination of Betamethasone valerate and Clioquinol) is a steroid cream and Quadriderm is a very nonspecific kind of cream. ...  Read Full »

I am experiencing itchy blisters. Please help

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 year old female, and I do not know what is happening with my body. I have itchy blisters on my five fingers, and my entire body feels very itchy.  Read Full »

Dr. Kalpana Pathak

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Though the description of your query is a bit brief and vague, I could think of two possibilities in your case. Pompholyx - where one gets very tiny itchy blisters over the sides of fingers and palms. It requires taking oral antiallergic drugs like Cetirizine along with ...  Read Full »

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