The most common side effect of topical corticosteroids is aburning or stinging sensation when the medication is applied. However, thisusually improves as your skin gets used to the treatment.
Less commonside effects can include:
Side effects are more likely if you're:
The elderly and very young are more vulnerable to side effects.
If potent or very potenttopical corticosteroidsare used for a longtime or over a large area, there's a risk of the medicationbeing absorbed into the bloodstream and causing internal side effects, such as:
This is not a full list of all the possible side effects. For more information on side effects,see the leaflet that comes with your medication.
The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine you're taking. It's run bythe medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
See the Yellow Card Scheme website for more information.
Topical corticosteroids (steroids) are medications which are applied directly to the skin to reduce inflammation and irritation
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
Mostadults and childrencan use topicalcorticosteroids safely, but there are situations when they aren't recommended. They shouldn't be used if: you have infected skin unless advised by a doctor yo
Unless instructed otherwise by your doctor, follow the directions on the patient information leaflet that comes with your medication. This will give details of how much to apply and how often. Most p
The most common side effect of topical corticosteroids is aburning or stinging sensation when the medication is applied. However, thisusually improves as your skin gets used to the treatment. Less co