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A Treatise on Topical Corticosteroids in Dermatology: Use, Misuse and Abuse

  • Edited By: Koushik Lahiri
  • ISBN: 9789811046087
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
  • Edition: 1st
  • Publication Date: August 29, 2017
  • Format: Hardback – 333 pages
  • Language: English


This treatise aims to fill up the lacuna and to contribute significantly to the dissemination of knowledge about the indication/contraindication, mechanism of action, ethical use, side-effects and various other facets related to topical corticosteroid.

Topical corticosteroids (TC) have greatly enhanced dermatologists’ ability to effectively treat several difficult dermatoses. The available range of formulations and potencies allows them to flexibly treat all groups of patients, different phases of disease, and different anatomic sites.

Improper/incomplete knowledge about topical corticosteroids’ mechanism of action, indications, classifications, and contraindications has produced a rapid rise in the incidence of improper use of these drugs, which could potentially bring disrepute to this entire group of amazing drugs.

Responsibility for disseminating proper knowledge regarding when, where, and how to use TC both to internists and patients primarily rests with dermatologists. In this regard, the benefits of rational and ethical use and the potential harm of overuse and misuse for nonmedical, especially cosmetic purposes, should be clearly conveyed before prescribing TC.

Key Features
  • Topical corticosteroids have been available for more than six decades during which they have completely changed the face of therapy of dermatological disorders
  • Despite being the most useful drug for such treatment they are known to produce serious local, systemic and psychological side-effects when overused or misused
  • A separate book dedicated to topical corticosteroids has never been planned or executed
Table of Contents
  1. Topical corticosteroid: development and evolution
  2. Topical corticosteroid: pharmacology
  3. Dermatological indications and usage of topical corticosteroid
  4. Ethical use of topical corticosteroids
  5. Topical corticosteroid during pregnancy: Indications, safety and precautions
  6. Topical corticosteroid during breast feeding: Pros and cons
  7. Topical corticosteroid: Use and misuse in pediatric age group
  8. Topical steroid as cosmetic cream: A social background of steroid dermatitis
  9. Rational and ethical use of topical corticosteroids based on safety and efficacy
  10. Topical steroid damaged face topical steroid damaged groin Topical steroid damaged skin
  11. The red skin syndromes
  12. Topical steroid abuse: Indian perspective
  13. Topical steroid abuse across the globe
  14. Systemic side-effects of topical corticosteroids
  15. Topical corticosteroid addiction and phobia
  16. Side-effects of topical steroids
  17. Treatment of topical steroid damaged skin
  18. Topical steroids: Regulatory issues
Editor Biography

Dr. Koushik Lahiri is the editor of the Indian Journal of Dermatology, one of the directors and vice president nominate of the International Society of Dermatology and the immediate past president of the Association of Cutaneous Surgeons of India.

Dr. Lahiri is a Foundation Fellow of the Asian Academy of Dermatology-Venerology, Fellow of IADVL Academy of Dermatology, Fellow of American Academy of Dermatology, and Founder council member of the Asian Skin Foundation and Asian Society for Pigment Cell Research (ASPCR).

Dr. Lahiri has published more than 100 articles in several indexed journals in the last two decades, and contributed several chapters in different textbooks. He has compiled an extremely popular mega project ‘100 interesting cases in Dermatology’ and edited a highly acclaimed exhaustive compendium ‘Pigmentary Disorders’ and the first ‘Textbook of Lasers in Dermatology’.


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