Topical corticosteroids withdrawal (sometimes called “topical steroid addiction” or “Red Skin Syndrome”) appears to be a clinical adverse effect that can occur when topical corticosteroids are inappropriately used or overused, then stopped. It can result from prolonged, frequent, and inappropriate use of moderate to high potency topical corticosteroids, especially on the face and genital area, but is not limited to these criteria. In reviewing the studies that were used for the systematic review, it is thought that adult women who blush easily are a population particularly at risk. Very few cases have been reported in children, but no large-scale studies have attempted to quantify the incidence. Thus, continued vigilance and adherence to a safe, long-term treatment plan developed in conjunction with your dermatology provider is advised.
This report is another study that demonstrates the success of topical steroid therapy in an effort to avoid circumcision under anesthesia in older children. This article is an important contribution, as it is a report from a North American institution, where the threshold to proceed to circumcision has historically been lower than other countries, where the parent's desire to avoid late circumcision could potentially overstate the outcome or benefits of the topical steroid therapy. This therapy could also be applied to other foreskin problems such as persistent penile adhesions with similar expected results.