Who can use topical corticosteroids

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
  • you have certain skin conditions including rosacea , acne and skin ulcers (open sores)

Mosttopical corticosteroids are considered safe to useduring pregnancy orbreastfeeding.However, you should wash offany steroid cream applied to your breasts before feeding your baby.

However, verypotent topical corticosteroids aren't usually prescribed for pregnant or breastfeeding women,orfor very young children. Exceptions are sometimes made under the supervision of a dermatologist (skin care specialist).

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018