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Intralesional steroid injection

What are intralesional steroids used for?

An intralesional steroid injection may be indicated for the following skin conditions:

  • Alopecia areata
  • Acne keloidalis nuchae
  • Dissecting cellulitis
  • Frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA)

What are the benefits of intralesional steroids?

Intralesional administration of steroids treats a dermal inflammatory process directly. In contrast to topical steroids, intralesional steroids gets into the dermal layer directly and reduce the chance of epidermal atrophy (surface skin thinning).  Also it can deliver higher concentrations to the diseased site/ required depth layer.

What are the side effects of intralesional steroid?

It includes local and systemic effects such as pain, swelling, bruising, skin atrophy, telangiectasia, skin hypopigmentation and systemic absorption causing adrenal suppression.

Please contact your doctor for more advice.

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