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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 87-89

Topical steroid-dependent face: Response to xylometazoline topical

Department of Dermatology and STD, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and PGIMER, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Sushil Kakkar
Department of Dermatology and STD, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and PGIMER, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijdd.ijdd_6_16

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Unsupervised and long-term use of fluorinated/potent topical steroids on the face can lead to side effects such as acne, skin thinning, photosensitivity, and a typical clinical presentation of a topical steroid-dependent face (TSDF) with rebound flushing, burning, dryness, and scaling on attempted withdrawal of the potent topical steroid cream. To evaluate the response of a commercially available nasal decongested solution of xylometazoline 0.05% in patients of long-term potent topical steroid abuse on the face. Two patients with a history of long-term, indiscriminate, and unsupervised topical steroid use on the face were asked to use a commercially available nasal decongestant solution, on face. Patients were asked to use the decongestant solution on face, once daily for 2 weeks. Follow-up after 2 weeks demonstrated excellent improvement in flushing and erythema. Side effects reported were transient tingling and stinging sensation. Xylometazoline, being an alpha-adrenergic agonist, presents an effective new option for treatment in patients of flushing and erythema, resulting from long-term topical steroid use on face.

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