What are the possible side effects of topical steroids?

Lawrence T. Chiaramonte, MD
Allergy & Immunology
The same medications that are most effective for controlling inflammation, steroids, have side effects of their own. Anyone who has used topical steroids -- skin creams -- for eczema or other conditions knows that, over a period of time, the skin will grow thinner, more like scar tissue than healthy skin. We are especially careful when the inflammation is on the face, because the skin is thinner, and damage is highly visible. Yet in the short run, relief from itching and flaking is worth it.
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