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Steroids are chemicals that resemble the hormones, found inside the human body. There are many uses for steroids such as skin diseases, respiratory problems, breathing problems, asthma, and so on. These drugs can be injected through a needle, inhaled through the nose, taken orally, or applied as a cream directly on the patient’s skin.
This steroid can’t be confused with the testosterone ones that athletes and bodybuilders take to enlarge their muscles and enhance performance, etc. Those types of steroids are usually taken through injection or as tablets. There are several American, Asian, and UK Steroids companies that have started supplying steroid creams to several different parts of the world.
In this article, I am going to talk about Steroid creams and their advantages. So let’s begin.
Steroid Creams: How to Use?
There are no specific directions to use steroid creams. Most of them are used to treat skin diseases, sore muscles, and external physical diseases.
It’s relatively easy to use steroid creams. You just need to apply it to the affected area of your skin directly. Make sure you wash and dry the area first. Apply the cream with gentle hands without massaging it for long.
Experiments have shown then steroid creams can also be used to treat some eye conditions including soreness, and piles.
What Can Steroid Cream Treat?
Steroid creams and gels can help you with the following:
It’s a chronic condition that causes rashes, skin irritation, and itchiness, around the joints such as inside of the elbow, behind ears, side of the nose, behind the knee, etc.
If not treated properly, it may result in skin cracks, bleeding and some serious pain.
It’s a chronic disease where the human body starts producing skin cells more than required. As a result, there is a layer formed typically on your elbow, knee, and knuckles. Etc. Psoriasis can happen to any part of your body.
While the majority of people are able to live with it, experiencing mild itchiness and irritation, for some people it can cause serious issues and may affect their life.
As the name suggests, in this disease, the skin gets severely affected in hot and humid conditions. When the pores are blocked, there is no place for sweat to escape. And it results in rash, red spots, and irritation.
Lupus is a long-term disease where your immune system starts attacking your organs, cells, and tissues. Lupus can harm your skin, heart, kidney, joints, and even brain.
Some of the common symptoms of Lupus are butterfly rash on the face, fever, fatigue, frequent mouth ulcers, hair loss, appetite loss, and so on.
Contact dermatitis is one of the most common skin conditions where your skin develops itchy and dry cells which sometimes burns and stings on touching.
When your skin accidentally comes in the contact with a certain substance such as rusty metal, specific plants, etc, you may develop CObtact Dermatitis. It can also happen if you have some sort of allergy.
Steroid creams, just like typical steroids have some side effects as well. Here are some of them:
- Your skin may lose its original color.
- The skin infection may get worse (rare).
- It May cause hair growth on the skin.
- The skin may get thinner.
- May cause constant burning and swelling.
How to use topical corticosteroids
Unless instructed otherwise by your doctor, follow the directions on the patient information leaflet that comes with the medicine. This will give details of how much to apply and how often.
Most people only need to use the medicine once or twice a day for 1 to 2 weeks. Occasionally a doctor may suggest using it less frequently over a longer period of time.
The medicine should only be applied to affected areas of skin. Gently smooth a thin layer onto your skin in the direction the hair grows.
If you’re using both topical corticosteroids and emollients, you should apply the emollient first. Then wait about 30 minutes before applying the topical corticosteroid.