In addition to topical preparations, systemic steroids may be required for the treatment of severe inflammatory skin conditions such as erythroderma developing from psoriasis or eczema. They are also used in vasculitis and erythema multiforme as well as connective tissue diseases. They are often required for the treatment of pemphigoid and pemphigus together with immunosuppressant drugs.

The side effects must be borne in mind, particularly for any long term treatment. Most important are given below.

Water and electrolytes

Sodium and water retention with loss of potassium. Musculoskeletal

Osteoporosis, aseptic necrosis of the femoral head, growth retardation in children, and muscle wasting.

Ophthalmic effect

Cataract formation and increased tendency to glaucoma. Other effects

Increase in blood pressure, peptic ulceration and fat redistribution, and impaired glucose intolerance.

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