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Corticosteroids (topical)

Topical corticosteroid (steroid cream) is a general term that refers to any sort of cream, gel or ointment containing corticosteroids.
How topical corticosteroids work
Topical corticosteroids work by reducing inflammation associated with several skin conditions such as atopic eczema and dermatitis.
When topical corticosteroids are used
Topical corticosteroids are used to relieve symptoms of skin inflammation, irritation and itching that are caused by inflammatory skin conditions.
Things to consider when using topical corticosteroids
There are several cautions to consider when using topical corticosteroids for example if they are used by children or when pregnant or breastfeeding.
Dosage of topical corticosteroids
The dosage of topical corticosteroids is measured in finger tip units (FTUs). Topical corticosteroids are also split into four classes of potency.
Side effects of topical corticosteroids
Topical corticosteroids rarely cause serious side effects if they are used as instructed but several factors can increase the risk.