What is the most common adverse effect of topical steroids for the treatment of alopecia areata?

Updated: Aug 06, 2020
  • Author: Chantal Bolduc, MD, FRCPC; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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The most common adverse effect is local folliculitis, which appears after a few weeks of treatment. Telangiectases and local atrophy also have been reported. No systemic adverse effects have been reported.

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