Steroid cream withdrawal

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Hi, I had been using elecon cream for a few years for a rash on my face. When this stopped working I went to a dermatologist and he told me I was suffering steroid withdrawals. The red, rash and puffiness I got from this was so horrible. 

I then tried Chinese herbal medicine and the cream he gave me worked so good. I look it up it said it was a compound ketoconazole ointment now when I have stopped this it’s like I’m going through the same withdrawals I was with the elecon cream. I went back to the dr as I’m puffy, really red and my skin is weeping and he prescribed me panafcortelone 25mg to take 2 a day for 5 days then go back and see him. 

I told the dr my history and he said he’s never heard of steroid cream withdrawal. 

I’m worried if I take this steroid tablet I’ll just go through withdrawals again. 

Can anyone help?

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    Strange doctor - it isn't uncommon to find your body reacts to a dose of steroids being stopped suddenly whether it is topical, inhaled or tablets if you have been using it for a long time.

    However - ketaconazole is an antifungal medication and wouldn't normally have steroids in it. But you don't really know what is in many TCM compounds and they do often contain stuff they don't admit to. 

    Taking even that dose of pred for such a short time shouldn't lead to steroid withdrawal problems - unless you are very very sensitive. 

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