On occasion of World Skin Health Day celebrated all over the world on 6th April, I am trying to create awareness about creams containing steroids. This is raging topic of concern in skin health care today.
In the era of Advertisement Influence, Fairness has become more important than Intelligence. Girls and boys are both bombarded with commercials showing superstars insisting on becoming fair in 14 days or even in lesser time. In the wish to get best results in short time , adolescent population falls prey of such marketing gimmicks.
Another Blunder is to use Steroid containing creams for Fungal Infection in Groins. It only suppresses the redness and itching through its anti inflammatory action but it causes the underlying fungus to become resistant to antifungal creams, making treatment difficult and expensive.
Steroid containing combination creams are prescribed by General practitioners who are not qualified Dermatologists or in worst scenario are suggested by Pharmacist or friends or relatives. In most cases People suggesting the cream have no clue about the contents.
Most of the creams contain Potent steroids like Clobetasol propionate/ Mometasone propionate alone or with other antifungal / antibiotic combination. Many Popular Fairness creams brands have hidden steroids.
A public awareness Initiative. From IADVL E-groups. 30 Dec Prepared on behalf of IADVL egroup members.
Long term use of steroid containing creams can cause increased hair growth on face, swelling of face, Cataract in the eyes leading to vision impairment. Permanent thinning and whitening of skin (Atrophy) is an irreversible change. Skin thinning makes it more sun sensitive causing redness on sun exposed skin. Application of steroid creams on large areas can lead to its absorption in our blood causing Diabetes, Reduced Immunity and Cushingoid features.
Our Indian Association of Dermatologists and Venereologists (IADVL) has been trying hard to make steroid containing creams ONLY PRESCRIPTION or SCHEDULE H drugs so that they wont be available for over the counter sale and cant be abused.
It is always prudent to check the contents of the creams you plan to use for treatment unless prescribed by a Dermatologist. Its wise to consult before using Fairness creams or Creams for Fungal infection. I hope my article helps to create awareness against steroid creams abuse.