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What is a topical steroid cream?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Topical steroid creams help relieve pain caused by different skin conditions, including eczema or allergic reactions. They help to relieve the pain, inflammation, itching, and scaling by blocking allergic reactions on the skin. Topical steroid creams are available over-the-counter in lower strengths or by prescription at higher strengths. Drug names for topical steroids include hydrocortisone and triamcinolone. Brand-name topical steroid creams include Cortaid and Kenalog.

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