Corticosteroids

How Do Corticosteroids Work?

When certain diseases are present in the body, the immune system does not work properly. Instead, it attacks tissues in the body and causes damage and inflammation. A corticosteroid steps in to address this by suppressing the activity of the immune system and reducing the production of chemicals that create inflammation. This reduces the damage on surrounding tissues and improves the symptoms of a disease or condition.

Conditions Treated by Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids are used in a wide range of conditions in which the immune system has begun to damage tissue. Sometimes they are used as the main intervention but sometimes they are used sparingly, since they can cause significant side effects in some patients. Corticosteroids are used when treating allergic contact dermatitis, melasma and bullous disease.

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Acne

Acne is a condition of the skin that results in pimples, whiteheads and blackheads. Learn More

Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis, sometimes referred to as AK, is a precancerous growth on the skin. Learn More

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis, sometimes referred to as just contact dermatitis, is a red, itchy rash on the skin. Learn More

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss for both adults and children. This can cause hair loss on the scalp as well as on the body, such as eyebrows, eyelashes and facial hair. Learn More

Bullous Disease

Bullous disease is a rare dermatological condition in which large, fluid-filled blisters appear in regions of the skin that are often flexed, such as the armpits. Learn More

Eczema

Atopic dermatitis, often referred to as eczema, is a common skin condition that appears most often in children, though it can occur in individuals of any age. Learn More

Granuloma Annulare

Granuloma annulare is a skin condition that causes a round, smooth bump. This will become ring-shaped with a center of clear skin. The affected skin can be pink or purple. Learn More

Hives

Hives are pink welts or swellings that can itch, burn or sting. They vary in size and typically go away within 24 hours. Learn More

Lichen Planus

Lichen Planus is a condition characterized by swelling and irritation in the mucous membranes of the body, as well as the skin, hair and nails. Learn More

Lupus

Lupus is an autoimmune disease (a condition where your immune system attacks healthy cells). Learn More

Melasma

Also known as chloasma faciei or the "mask of pregnancy," melasma is a condition that most commonly affects women. Learn More

Perioral Dermatitis

Perioral dermatitis is a rash that can form around the mouth. This often causes redness, swelling and acne-like bumps. Learn More

Pityriasis Rosea

Pityriasis rosea causes a harmless pink or reddish rash that usually lasts six to eight weeks before fading. It can be itchy, but it’s not contagious. It can occur following a viral illness. Learn More

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin disorder in which the cells of the skin multiply much faster than normal. Learn More

Traction Alopecia

Traction alopecia is a form of hair loss that’s caused by repeated pulling or putting tension on hair, such as wearing tight ponytails, buns, braids, etc. Learn More

Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a condition of the skin in which the skin loses its melanocytes, or pigment cells, in certain areas. Learn More

Vulvar Conditions

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