For what purpose is used a hormonal ointment

Often for the treatment of skin diseases are ointments, which include glucocorticoids, a natural or synthetic hormones, has no equal for providing anti-inflammatory, decongestant and protivozudnoe action. So they are very often prescribed by the doctor during exacerbation of many skin diseases, including Allergy, eczema, neurodermatitis, psoriasis, etc. the Most well-known drugs – "Prednisolone", "Hydrocortisone", "Solution", "Flutsinar". As a rule, hormonal ointments are used in the case when a more gentle method of treatment did not bring the desired results.

What is the difference between hormonal ointments

Currently, there are a lot of hormonal ointments, so the doctor can individually select the drug based on the needs of the patient. The level of activity these are divided into four groups, each of which has its own indications for use. For example, drugs weak action prescribed for a short treatment of children and adults with mild forms of the disease. During exacerbation in areas with less sensitive skin apply ointment potent. If you have dry skin it is recommended to use ointments, as they perfectly penetrate the epidermis (superficial skin layer). For "weeping" lesions can also pick up a lotion or cream.

How to avoid side effects

Disadvantages of these drugs are a continuation of their virtues: their adverse effects as well as versatile, as useful. The higher therapeutic activity of the hormonal ointment, the greater the risk of side effects and the faster they can advance.

For example, glucocorticoids actively suppress the immune system, resulting in can develop inflammation in the affected areas of the skin, therefore additionally prescribed antibiotics and antifungal drugs.

The hormones also prevent the formation of collagen, which can lead to thinning and atrophy of the skin in areas of the drug.

The most serious side effects of hormonal ointments – suppression of adrenal function, the development of hypertension and growth retardation in children. They are the result of the penetration of glucocorticoids into the bloodstream that usually occurs with prolonged use of the drug in high doses.

To prevent undesirable consequences it is necessary to strictly comply with prescription, which determines the duration of treatment and the optimum dosage of the drug.