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What should I know before using topical corticosteroids?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

If you have an immune system problem or are undergoing immunosuppressive therapy, a topical corticosteroid may not be a good option for you.

If you have tuberculosis of the skin, a fungal infection of the skin, or a viral infection, you should not use topical corticosteroids.

Topical corticosteroids may not be good options for you if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or may be pregnant. It is not known if they are safe for pregnant women.

If you are breastfeeding, topical corticosteroids may not be good options for you. It is not known if these drugs can be passed into breast milk.

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