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Why does my mild steroid based cream make my skin feel tight?

Why does my mild steroid based cream make my skin feel tight? Yes, I can believe that. The product is probably made by people who don’t know anything about psoriasis. Creams just do not work well for a psoriasis patient. It is surprising though that most anti-psoriasis products are on a cream basis. It shows how poor communication is between the psoriasis-related industry and its clients! Psoriasis topicals should be prepared on the basis of […]

Can topical steroid preparations cause allergic contact dermatitis?

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Can topical steroid preparations cause allergic contact dermatitis? Yes! This has been acknowledged more and more in recent years and, it is one of the many causes for an unsatisfactory response to topical steroid therapy. Allergy to corticosteroids accounts for 4% of allergic contact dermatitis. Potential allergens in topical steroid preparations include: -Preservatives or stabilizer in the vehicle (e.g. parabens, lanolin, ethylene- diamine) -Anti-microbials (e.g. neomycin, clioquinol) -Steroid molecule itself (e.g. hydrocortisone, clobetasol) If you […]

What is calcipotriene?

What is calcipotriene? Calcipotriene is medicated ointment containing a derivative of vitamin D (vitamin D3). You apply a thin layer of this prescription ointment twice daily to the psoriatic patches of the skin (but absolutely not on your face, eyes, groin and other sensitive areas of your body). Its side effects, while fewer than those of corticosteroids commonly used to treat psoriasis, include burning, itching or other skin irritations. Vitamin D3 preparations are toxic and […]

My topical therapy with steroids is not working. Why?

My topical therapy with steroids is not working. Why? When an inflammatory skin condition fails to respond to topical steroid therapy, the following factors need to be considered: -Co-existing infection (bacterial, fungal, viral, scabies etc.) -Wrong diagnosis (e.g. drug eruption, Pagets disease, mycosis fungoides mistaken as eczema) -Insufficient potency of steroid for the site or skin condition. -Inappropriate vehicle or base (e.g. cream is not as effective as ointment for dry lichenifed skin. Adding salicylic […]

What is a skin disorder?

What is a skin disorder? The skin is a vital part of the immune system because it is your body’s first line of defense against disease. The skin protects the body from the environment and it is surprisingly resistant to a wide variety of attacks. Most skin disorders are not life threatening or contagious. However they can cause acute discomfort or make you upset about your appearance. The symptoms may disappear in a week, may […]