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A Look at Oral Medications that Are Used to Treat Skin Conditions

Dermatology Florida

You may think of topical medications when you think of skin conditions, but dermatologists also prescribe a variety of oral medications. Sometimes, your dermatologist may prescribe oral medications alone or in conjunction with topical treatments, often to treat dermatological conditions that are the result of systemic health issues. There are many different kinds of oral medicines that can be used in dermatology. Here is a look at some of the most common types that are prescribed.

Steroids
Corticosteroids offer treatment for acute flare-ups of many inflammatory skin conditions. If you suffer from eczema, blistering skin diseases, and skin conditions that are linked to autoimmune diseases, then steroids could be an effective treatment for you. Steroids are extremely effective, but they also can carry serious side effects if they are taken for extended periods of time. Typically, your dermatologist will prescribe short bursts of steroid treatments during flare-ups but will not use them in the day-to-day management of your condition.

Antibiotics
Antibiotics, including antibacterials, antifungals, and antivirals, are used to treat a multitude of skin conditions. Antibacterials may be prescribed to stop the spread of a persistent skin infection or to treat chronic inflammatory conditions, such as acne. Antifungals can be used to address athlete's foot and other skin fungal infections. Antivirals are ideal for treating herpes, warts, and a variety of other conditions. They can also be helpful in preventing certain lesions from becoming cancerous.

Retinoids
Most people are familiar with topical retinoid treatments that are used for fighting skin aging, but oral retinoids also have applications in dermatology. These medications use high doses of vitamin A to treat skin conditions such as acne. Dermatologists often rely on retinoids to treat several conditions off-label.

The doctors of Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery use a comprehensive range of treatment options to deliver the best possible medical, clinical, and cosmetic dermatology care for our patients. Don't let an untreated skin condition affect your health and your self-esteem. Find out more about our services by calling (866) 400-3376.