Steroid acne most often occurs on the chest but may also develop on the face, neck, back and arms. Steroid acne is the same condition as malassezia folliculitis and is due to proliferation of malassezia yeasts (also known as pityrosporum). The acne usually persists until the steroid medication is discontinued. Treatment usually consists of topical antifungal, or oral antibiotics. Here are some of the medications used to treat steroid acne:
* Oral antibiotics: Tetracycline; Erythromycin Trimethroprim ; Cotrimoxasole
* Topical antifungal medications: These can be purchased over the counter
* Oral antifungal medications: Lamisil tablets (aka:terbinafine hydrochloride); Diflucan (fluconazole); Sporanox (itraconazole); Nizoral (ketoconazole)Fulvicin U/F Grifulvin V (griseofulvin).
Many doctors prefer oral antifungal drugs to treat steroid acne (as opposed to acne medication). The oral antifungal drug (itraconazole) has shown significantly better clinical effects than any other group of medications used for steroid acne. Talk to your doctor about the possibility of using some of the medications above to help with the steroid acne. I wish you the very best.
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