What If The Hair Grows: Are Hormonal Creams And Ointments Dangerous?

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What If The Hair Grows: Are Hormonal Creams And Ointments Dangerous?
What If The Hair Grows: Are Hormonal Creams And Ointments Dangerous?

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Every day, the skin is exposed to tremendous impact - almost everything can leave its mark, from water and air to emotional changes. While dermatitis, allergic skin reactions, or psoriasis are not immediate threats, they can severely ruin quality of life and mood. To treat these conditions, doctors often prescribe drugs containing hormones, but such ointments are intimidating to many.

Fear of them is characteristic not only of Russians: fear of side effects and low awareness are cited as the main reasons for refusing treatment around the world. Research is devoted to the fear of hormonal creams, and tools are being developed to measure the degree of this fear. It seems to many that hormones will penetrate the skin and cause irreparable changes - from disturbances in the general background to the growth of body hair. Are these fears justified? In what case are such ointments necessary and can they harm, for example, the growth and development of a child? We asked these questions to an expert.

Maria Merekina

The active substances in hormonal preparations, as a rule, are corticosteroids (prednisolone, hydrocortisone, flumethasone, betamethasone, methylprednisolone and others) - these are hormones produced by the adrenal glands to regulate processes in the body. Nevertheless, any medicine is not only the active ingredient itself, but also means that facilitate its delivery to the right place. For example, there are pills that dissolve in the stomach - and there are pills with a coating that is resistant to gastric juice, which dissolves only in the intestines. The same is with skin preparations: if when creating a contraceptive patch it is important that hormones penetrate the skin and be absorbed into the blood, then when making steroid creams, ointments or lotions, manufacturers focus on the local effect. As a result, such a remedy allows you to eliminate itching, pain or swelling, but the absorption of hormones into the blood (at least in an amount that will give some effect) does not occur.

The problem that doctors constantly face is the amount of false information on the Internet. On the one hand, a person who is worried about something begins to look for advice on treatment, and as a result, some independently prescribe hormonal drugs for themselves, but not those that are needed, or in an incorrect mode. On the other hand, even those who came to see a specialist begin to question the appointment, referring again to articles on the Web. At the same time, the first rule for the use of hormonal drugs is that they should be prescribed by a specialist who will follow the treatment in the future.


Many patients are afraid

that due to the hormonal cream the menstrual cycle will be disrupted, facial hair will grow

or the effectiveness of contraceptives will decrease

A huge number of studies are devoted to the safety and effectiveness of steroidal anti-inflammatory ointments - and the overwhelming majority of scientists and doctors practicing an evidence-based approach agree that the adequate and careful use of such drugs does not carry any harm and systemic consequences. The fears of parents about using hormones to treat atopic dermatitis and other skin diseases in children deserve special mention - but if used wisely under the supervision of a doctor, these ointments will not affect the growth, development, puberty and further well-being of the child.

Many patients fear that the hormonal cream will disrupt the menstrual cycle, grow facial hair or reduce the effectiveness of contraceptives - but with the right medication, these effects do not occur. With the wrong choice of a remedy (for example, if it is too strong) or its dosage, steroid dependence can develop - this happens when the adrenal cortex, in response to hormones coming from outside, reduces the production of its own. Another common side effect is skin atrophy, which makes the tissues less sensitive and the dose or strength of the drugs has to be increased.

It is important to understand that the use of steroid creams and ointments is indeed associated with some risks - but they arise when you deviate from the treatment regimen. Hormonal drugs cannot be used chaotically and haphazardly, as well as abruptly canceled. You should not self-medicate - but if a doctor you trust has prescribed such a drug, you do not need to be afraid of it.

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