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What are the side effects of corticosteroids for mild to moderate psoriasis?

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Side effects include thin skin, changes in skin color, acne, stretch marks, redness, more visible blood vessels, or increased risk for infection. Although uncommon, topical steroids can be absorbed into the circulation and also cause side effects such as cataracts, glaucoma, and Cushing’s syndrome. These uncommon side effects are more likely to occur if you use very high strength topical steroids over a large area for extended period of time.

From: Solutions for Mild Psoriasis WebMD Medical Reference

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Jenny Murase, MD, assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco.

Bhosle, M. , June 2006. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis Treatment," and "Psoriasis Treatment: Medicine Applied to the Skin."

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Jenny Murase, MD, assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco.

Bhosle, M. , June 2006. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis Treatment," and "Psoriasis Treatment: Medicine Applied to the Skin."

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

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