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Journal of the Korean Medical Association 2018;61(10):632-636.
Published online October 23, 2018.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5124/jkma.2018.61.10.632   
Proper use of topical corticosteroids
Ji Hyun Lee, Young Min Park
Department of Dermatology. Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. ejee@catholic.ac.kr
Topical corticosteroids are widely prescribed and used. As interest in the use of corticosteroids grows, people are increasingly exposed to misinformation that causes an excessive fear of side effects. Topical corticosteroids mainly have vasoconstrictive, anti-inflammatory, immunosuppressive, and anti-proliferative effects. Corticosteroids are prescribed based on the patient's age, the site and severity of the lesion, and patient compliance. Adverse reactions include skin atrophy, telangiectasia, hypopigmentation, and steroid-induced acne. To prevent the side effects of topical corticosteroids and to minimize phobias about topical corticosteroids in the future, we suggest providing proper information and education for both physicians and patients about the safety, efficacy, and proper use of topical steroids. In this article, we review basic information about topical corticosteroids and guidelines for their use.
Key Words: Steroids, Topical, Utilization, Therapeutics, Adverse effects


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