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Just like with any other medication, it is generally not advisable to stop treatment with clobetasol propionate without first consulting your doctor. If you stop treatment too early, your symptoms may return.

How long does topical steroid withdrawal last?

The answer to this question will depend on a few factors:

  • The dose and/or duration of your treatment with the topical steroid
  • The severity of your symptoms
  • The way in which you have discontinued your treatment with the topical steroid
  • Other health factors, including any other medication(s) you take, your diet, and your mental wellbeing

How do you treat topical steroid withdrawal?

If you have stopped treatment with clobetasol propionate, and you notice your symptoms returning, there are some ways to reduce their effects. Always talk to your doctor about any returning symptoms you experience. Some ways to stop topical steroid withdrawal include but are not limited to:

  • Place a cool compress on the affected area to reduce swelling
  • Ask your prescribing physician about alternative medications and/or treatments to reduce your symptoms
  • Talk to your doctor about your overall health and determine whether or not your returning symptoms may be related to any changes in diet or mental wellbeing
  • Try not to itch the affected area
  • Ask your doctor about switching to a different steroid

What happens when you stop using steroid cream?

Stopping treatment with a steroid cream may have different outcomes for everyone. In general, some people’s initial symptoms may return, including a red, irritated rash, or a swollen red spot on the affected area. If your symptoms are severe, contact your physician about a solution.

Topical steroid withdrawal (TSW) is a common occurrence when people discontinue treatment with a topical steroid like clobetasol propionate. TSW, otherwise referred to as steroid dermatitis or red burning skin, can be moderate or severe. It often involves reddening skin, itching, and peeling. Inform your doctor about any symptoms you experience, including those related to TSW, after you complete treatment with clobetasol propionate.

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