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I got itchy and dry patches on legs. Can i use any steroid cream?

Hi I am 24 years old. I have dry and itchy reddish patches on my legs. Doctor suggested me with propynate cream. I kept using it long term whenever the problem came back. I heard that it s a steroid cream and using it long term can cause irreversible problems. I am facing a lot of hair loss now, is this because of using the ointment long term? What problems else can be caused in my situation? I still see those patches but I don t use propynate ointment anymore. Can someone suggest me what should be done?
Thu, 5 May 2011
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Dermatologist 's  Response
u r right that propynate is steroid cream ,but it has only local effect .
if u r use it more then 6 month daily ,then it can cause effect.
most of side effect r reversible
u have to take it as advised
it can not cause hair loss .
use good moisturizer and tacrolimus 0.1% cream for eczema
hair loss is due to hormonal effect
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Dermatologist Dr. Bharat Chawda's  Response
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Propinate is a steroid cream ,but cannot cause hair loss.Probably your hair loss is due to some other reason.
For your leg ,I would say it can be either a eczema or prurigo nodularis .Depends if you are allergic to some thing . Steroids are a good options in such cases ,but there are other options also .So,consult a dermatologist for proper treatment.
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