Conditions treated with topical corticosteroids

Conditions widely treated with topical corticosteroids include:

  • eczema such as atopic eczema
  • seborrhoeic dermatitiswhich causessymptoms such as dandruff and scaly patches on the skin
  • psoriasis
  • nappy rash
  • lichen planus a condition that causes an itchy, non-infectious rash
  • discoid lupus erythematosus a type of lupus that usually only affects the skin
  • skin irritation caused by insect bites or stings

Topical corticosteroids can't cure these conditions, but can help relieve the symptoms.

Content supplied by the NHS Website

Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018