Corticosteroids for Psoriasis
Side effects of corticosteroid creams include:
- Thinning of the skin, stretch marks, skin color (pigmentation) changes, or easy bruising with higher strength corticosteroids.
- Symptoms of psoriasis that return quickly when the medicine is stopped.
- Local burning, itching, irritation, dryness, or redness of the skin after the creams are used.
To limit serious side effects, your doctor may recommend that you:
- Have regular follow-up visits with a doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant to make sure you are using the medicine properly.
- Do not apply more than 100 g (4 oz) of a class III or lower (more potent) corticosteroid in a month.
- Spend a period of time each year using another treatment, such as tar products or ultraviolet (UV) light exposure.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: January 9, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology