Can topical steroids cause Cushing's Syndrome?
Cushing's Syndrome (also called Cushing Syndrome) is excessively high levels of the hormone cortisol.
Topical application of potent corticosteroids can be absorbed through the skin and cause Cushing’s syndrome, as well as suppression of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. It can also suppress the immune system.
Cushing's Syndrome Signs and Symptoms:
Women with Cushing's syndrome may experience:
- Thicker or more visible body and facial hair (hirsutism)
- Irregular or absent menstrual periods
Men with Cushing's syndrome may experience:
- Decreased libido
- Decreased fertility
- Erectile dysfunction
If you suspect you have Cushing's Syndrome seek a formal diagnosis by your doctor. It's also important to restore good health by eating a healthy diet. We recommend The Eczema Diet because it is a gentle, food-based alkalising diet designed to help the body detoxify chemicals.