Topical corticosteroids (steroids) are medications applied directly to the skin to reduce inflammation and irritation.
Topicalcorticosteroids are available in several different forms, including:
They're available in four different potencies (strengths), known as mild, moderate, potent, and very potent.
Mild corticosteroids, such as hydrocortisone,can often be bought over the counter from pharmacies, while stronger types are only available on prescription.
Read about other types of corticosteroids , including tablets, capsules, inhalersand injected corticosteroids.
Corticosteroids shouldn't be confused with anabolic steroids .
Who can use them
How to use them
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