Topical steroid creams can be used in conjunction with moisturisers to relieve dry, itchy, skin irritations. When used correctly, the combination of a steroid cream and a moisturiser is highly effective and safe to use. Whether you are using a stronger prescription strength steroid cream or an over-the-counter cream, it is important to exercise caution and proper use of the products.
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Things you need
- Exfoliating body wash
- Steroid cream
Apply the moisturiser to the affected areas in the morning before going about your daily activities. The moisturiser will give the skin added moisture and prevent dryness and irritation during the day. This will soothe the skin and reduce itchiness.
Wash the skin with an exfoliating body wash at night. This will remove any dead skin cells that could be causing dryness and irritation. Dry the skin thoroughly after washing.
Apply the steroid cream to the affected areas before going to bed. The active ingredients in the cream will work overnight to hydrate and soften the irritated skin.
Repeat this process daily until all of the steroid cream is used or as long as your physician has directed if you are using a prescription cream. Do not use steroid creams excessively or longer than directed.
Continue your daily use of moisturiser to keep skin soft and healthy. If irritation or dry skin returns, contact your physician.
Tips and warnings
- If you experience an allergic reaction or severe side effects as a result of steroid cream, stop use immediately and contact your physician.
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