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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I have itchy blisters over the sides of fingers and palms. Suggest me a cure.

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 icliniq.com. 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 w...  Read Full »

Is it safe to use Corticosteroid cream on cheeks for eczema?

Query: Hi doctor, I have eczema. There is redness in my cheeks. I have used Corticosteroid cream for six days. Are there any side effects in using it?  Read Full »


Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Corticosteroids should never be applied without a doctor's advise. Also, there are certain steroids which should never be applied on the face. If you could send me photos and details, I will be able to give you proper suggestions. Till then, do not use anything on your...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for phimosis to help in painless sexual intercourse?

Query: Hi doctor, I think I have phimosis. In a flaccid condition, I can retract my foreskin to a certain level. But when erect, the foreskin goes down only a few centimeters, and only one fourth of the glans is visible. Is it possible to enjoy painless sex without any treatment?  Read Full »


Dr. Praveen Pushkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is better to go for circumcision because sometimes during sex, your foreskin may retract completely and bleed. It may also swell up. Circumcision has a lot of advantages. So, I will recommend circumcision. For more information consult a urologi...  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 icliniq.com. 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. Ar...  Read Full »

Why am I having red spots with dry, irritated skin on the arms, shoulders, and legs?

Query: Hi doctor, I have red spots of dry and irritated skin on the arms, shoulders, and leg, just below the waistline. Minor itchiness comes and goes. I am using Neosporin for about a week, but they are still there. I am attaching a picture of these red spots.  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I need more information. From when do you have this problem? How many lesions do you have in total? How many episodes per year? Do you have flaky scalp? Any history of fever? A month back, did you have similar lesions? The images (attachment removed to protect patient ide...  Read Full »

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 »

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