Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Bedbug Bites?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Corticosteroids have anti-inflammatory properties and cause profound and varied metabolic effects. These agents modify the body's immune response to diverse stimuli.

Triamcinolone topical (Kenalog, Triderm, Zytopic)

Topical triamcinolone (0.1% cream) is an anti-inflammatory that is administered for intense, localized allergic reactions. This agent can be used to treat inflammatory dermatosis that is responsive to steroids.

Topical triamcinolone decreases inflammation by suppressing the migration of polymorphonuclear leukocytes and reversing capillary permeability.

Hydrocortisone (Cortizone, Ala-Cort, Westcort)

Hydrocortisone is an adrenocorticosteroid derivative suitable for application to the skin or external mucous membranes. It decreases inflammation by suppression of the migration of polymorphonuclear leukocytes and reversal of increased capillary permeability.

Clobetasol (Temovate, Clobex)

Clobetasol is a class I superpotent topical steroid; it suppresses mitosis and increases the synthesis of proteins that decrease inflammation and cause vasoconstriction. Clobetasol decreases inflammation by stabilization of lysosomal membranes, inhibition of polymorphonuclear leukocytes, and deregulation of mast cells.

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