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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109
Volume 15, Issue 2, June 2015 pp 322-323
A Clinical Study of Topical Corticosteroids Misuse
Pralhad R Rathod1, Shankar R Sawant2
1Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Dr. Shankarao Chavan Government Medical College, Nanded, Maharashtra, INDIA.
2Associate Professor, Tirthankar Mahavir Medical College and Research Centre, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, INDIA.
Background: The topical corticosteroids are one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in an out-patient dermatology clinic. Moreover, they are easily available at pharmacist without even proper prescription. Objective: To assess the misuse and adverse effects of topical corticosteroids among the patients visiting the dermatology department of hospital. Methods: All the patients visiting the dermatology department of the hospital with one of the defined adverse effect of topical corticosteroids use as chief complaint during the study period of one year were included in the study. Demographic details and clinical history was taken. Detailed skin examination was done. Results: 8.4% of the new patients attending the dermatology department presented with adverse effect of topical corticosteroids use. 70.02 % of these patients were females. Most common reason for use of topical corticosteroids was for fairness of skin followed by acne treatment. Acne and hypertrichosis were the most common adverse events reported. Conclusions: There is a need to convey the importance of judicious and ethical use of topical corticosteroids among the practitioners as well as patients.