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Corticosteroids 101

Topical corticosteroids are applied to the skin to reduce inflammation.

They are commonly used to treat a variety of skin disorders, such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis.

Low-strength formulations, such as 1% hydrocortisone, are available over-the-counter while stronger formulations used are available only by prescription.

Corticosteroids are different from "anabolic steroids" or hormones, such as testosterone, that are taken by some to build muscle mass.
Topical corticosteroids are not related to the drugs used by body builders
TRUE. Topical corticosteroids are different from the anabolic steroids, such as testosterone, used by some to bulk up.

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