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What are the side effects of using topical corticosteroids to treat psoriasis?

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Whether you get them depends a lot on the strength of the corticosteroid, how large an area you spread it on, and how long you use it. To lower you risk, your doctor may look for the weakest one that can get the job done in the shortest time.

Some common side effects that could happen to you include:

  • Thinning of your skin
  • Changes in skin coloring
  • You bruise easily
  • Stretch marks
  • Skin gets reddish
  • Infections
  • You become sensitive to light
Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on February 24, 2016
Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on February 24, 2016

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