Steroid creams are designed to treat skin conditions and irritations such as eczema. Steroid creams are not the same as anabolic steroids used to build muscle. Steroid creams are a topical medicine. "Topical" means you put it on your skin.

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How Steroid Creams Work

The steroids are made and mixed into a cream form. Rub the cream on your skin, and your body will absorb the steroid or medicine into you blood.

  • The steroids are made and mixed into a cream form.

Anabolic steroids are also now available in a cream form. They work essentially the same way. When the cream is applied to the body, it is absorbed into the bloodstream.

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Strengths of Steroid Creams

Steroid creams come in four strengths: mild, medium, strong and very strong. Another word you might see instead of strong is potent. Rub on these creams usually once or twice a day.

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When to Apply Steroid Creams

The best time to put on the cream is after a bath or a shower because your skin is clean and dry, which allows the cream to be absorbed more efficiently by your body.

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Where to Apply Steroid Creams

Although you might apply the cream liberally, your body only absorbs a small percentage of the cream. Different parts of the body absorb better than others. Below are common places that the body absorbs topical cream, and how much it usually absorbs: Forearms, about 1 per cent Armpits, about 4 per cent Face, about 7 per cent Genitals, about 30 per cent Palm, about 0.1 per cent

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Warnings

Consult a doctor to know the area and frequency to apply your steroid cream for it to be most effective. Applying a cream to the wrong part of the body or too frequently could cause side effects that include but are not limited to itching, burning and redness.