Corticosteroid creams are anti-inflammatory medications that may aid in the regrowth of melanocytes or slow the course of vitiligo. Because vitiligo necessitates the use of a potent corticosteroid combination, dermatologists closely monitor its administration when it is prescribed. Skin thinning, stretch marks, and acne are among side effects that might occur.

What are Topical Corticosteroids?

Corticosteroid creams are anti-inflammatory drugs that may help melanocytes return or reduce the progression of vitiligo. Because vitiligo requires a powerful corticosteroid combination, dermatologists meticulously monitor its use when it is recommended. Skin thinning, stretch marks, and acne are all possible adverse effects.

In a few months, many people start to see effects. Topical corticosteroids are frequently administered as part of a long-term treatment strategy that involves two to four annual visits to your dermatologist.

Topical Corticosteroids for Vitiligo

Topical corticosteroids come in a variety of formulations, including:

  • creams
  • lotions
  • gels
  • mousses
  • ointments
  • adhesives
  • bandages

Mild corticosteroids, such as clobetasone, hydrocortisone skin lotion, and hydrocortisone for piles and irritable bottom, are frequently available over-the-counter.

Beclometasone, betamethasone, clobetasol, fluticasone, and mometasone are stronger types that require a prescription.

Other kinds of corticosteroids, such as pills, capsules, inhalers, and injectable corticosteroids, are discussed.

How does a corticosteroid treat vitiligo?

Corticosteroids are a family of prescription medications used to treat inflammation that have been licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Topical corticosteroids are commonly used as a first-line treatment for vitiligo in adults and children who have localized vitiligo. Vitiligo that is limited to tiny regions of skin, usually on one side of the body, is known as localized vitiligo.

Hydrocortisone, Clobetasol Propionate, Betamethasone Valerate, Diflucortolone Valerate, Triamcinolone Acetonide, Methylprednisolone, Fluticasone, and Mometasone are the most frequent topical corticosteroids used to treat vitiligo.

Topical corticosteroids are thought to alleviate inflammation associated with vitiligo depigmentation by decreasing immune system activation.

When used on the upper body, dark skin, and new lesions, especially in sun-exposed areas, topical vitiligo therapies work best to slow disease development and increase repigmentation.

Research & Effectiveness of corticosteroids for vitligo

Your dermatologist may additionally prescribe ultra-potent Corticosteroids like Temovate in addition to these creams. However, not everyone will get the desired effects from using these lotions.

Acne, stretch marks, skin thinning (atrophy), visible blood vessels (telangiectasia), excessive hair growth (hypertrichosis), and contact dermatitis are all possible side effects (inflammation of your skin). A pregnant lady should not be given a topical corticosteroid.

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