Keep Patients Getting Topical Steroids Safe

Patients are often surprised to hear that TOPICAL corticosteroids (triamcinolone, etc) may cause SYSTEMIC effects, such as high blood sugar.

The risk usually boils down to factors such as the patient's age, site of application, and the potency of the steroid.

For example, higher-potency steroids, such as clobetasol 0.05% or fluocinonide 0.05%, are more likely to lead to problems.

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