Soreness/tenderness and thinning - overuse or atrophy?

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What are the effects of overuse of Clobetasol? I haven't had much/any itching since beginning treatment but in the past few weeks have been a bit more red than usually and also have pain/tenderness/soreness in a certain area where I apply Clob. I don't know if this a symptom of LS or steroid overuse. I was suppose to taper down to three times per week a few weeks ago but forgot and have continued using it every other day. I've been using Clob every other day for about 8 weeks. My only symptoms were itching and a tear, so it's hard for me to tell what is healthy versus non-healthy skin, so I do apply it everywhere.

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     "What are the effects of overuse of Clobetasol?" According to my GYN the effects of overuse is a rebound effect. He says that it will actually cause more thickening and/or ichy-ness if we over use the Clob. I had been using it nightly for a couple months, because of itching. He claimed that I was just making it worse! He wants me to use it 2x a week, unless i have a real flareup.

     He also wants me to use premerin 2X weekly, and keep things moisturised.

     Please don't throw out Drs advise to use Clob because of some one persons advise. I don't want to appear mean or petty, but the use of Clob seems better than the alternative. I had a dr tell me that I was to young to have LS and to stop using Clob. I followed his advise, because I didn't know better. After seeing him for 1 1/2 yrs, he finally told me that he would have to send me to a different dr. His advise wasn't working! I lost much structure, and got much worse during that time! The next Dr said when he saw me that to him it looked obvious that it WAS LS. He did do a biopsy to double check though. It was LS.

     Sometimes you have to pick and sort through the advise that people give. 

     All the best to you! 

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      Thanks Tuppermom2 and Jillery. I'm now thinking my soreness and redness is a result of Clob overuse and not atrophy (hoping at least). I see my doctor in 2 weeks, thankfully! 

      I've already taken a bath and put some coconut oil on the area to soothe the area. Hoping for the best. 

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      I have not yet been couragious enough to talk about overuse of Globetasol.  And now I read what your doctor told you about a so called rebound effect.  It makes total sense to me.  Therefore I use just the minimal amount each time.  Thanks for that disclosure. 
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      tuppermom2, Your advice is good, but I would just like to remind you of something if I may..

      Your first doctor clearly was clueless, and unfortunately, there are a lot like him, and your second doctor sounds like he is far more informed, but I think it is important to heed your own advice here concerning doctors..

      With regard to the statement..  

      "What are the effects of overuse of Clobetasol?" According to my GYN the effects of overuse is a rebound effect. He says that it will actually cause more thickening and/or ichy-ness if we overuse the Clob." 

      I agree with him regarding ichy-ness, but isn't that just common sense, that over applying such a cream over time is bound to cause that when you think of how potent the cream is!! But, the part about causing more thickening, I have trouble understanding how he came to that conclusion, has he done research on this? I doubt it, my point is that some doctors do have a good bedside manner and we want to believe them, but when it comes to LS I don't think you can, I don't believe everything the doctors say, why would I? I have lost count of the posts on this site from women with terrible stories, usually involving their physicians.  All I am saying is keep an open mind, do not believe everything your doctor tells you because they are often guessing in most cases.

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      I had wondered about that! The ichyness isn't near so bad, since using the Clob only 2x a week, though! I have seen the good, bad, & terrible Drs, when it comes to LS. I have had this condition for 15 - 16 years. I am 36 now. .
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      Glad to hear your ichyness is better.  I think I have had LS for quite a few years, I can remember having painful sex ten years ago and wondering why, but it has really been dormant for many years.  On the whole I don't stress with regard to LS, but that's because most of the time I behave myself and don't eat the wrong things that cause problems for me..cheesygrin
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