If they think you might have a mild allergy, they can offer advice and treatment to help manage the condition. See a GP if you think you or your child might have had an allergic reaction to something. An allergic reaction can present with one symptom or a combination of symptoms.

You should be able to go home when the symptoms are under control and it’s thought they will not return quickly. This will usually be after a few hours, but may be longer if the reaction was severe. If you’re allergic to certain types of medicines, there are normally alternatives that can be safely used.

What are steroids?

This means your body has problems making enough of a hormone called cortisol. Having this problem can affect your body’s ability to cope with stress. Knowing this allows the healthcare team to give you prompt medical treatment.

If you need two or more short courses of steroid tablets in a year, or your symptoms come back once you’ve finished the course, you should ask your GP for a referral to a specialist clinic. Testing should be considered in all children under 16yrs who present with suspected venom-related, drug-related or idiopathic anaphylaxis only. Skin or mucosal changes can be subtle or absent in up to 20% of reactions, e.g. some patients can have only a decrease in blood pressure, i.e. a circulation problem.

The most common causes of anaphylactic reactions include:

This was suggested as a possible mechanism of rebound flare in atopic dermatitis, which is not uncommon. The authors cite ‘red burning syndrome’ as an extreme form of rebound flare and that this is further exacerbated by continued use of topical corticosteroids. Topical corticosteroids are safe and highly effective treatments when used correctly.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Corticosteroids for skin problems in children younger than 10 years are available only on prescription. Examples of topical corticosteroid medicines include beclometasone, betamethasone, clobetasol, hydrocortisone, mometasone, and triamcinolone. This popular hay fever treatment contains a corticosteroid (a steroid), which helps to reduce inflammation in the nose, which alleviates irritation and symptoms like a blocked or sniffly nose. However, there are reports of some patients who use Avamys or other steroid-based nasal sprays long-term experiencing anxiety or anxiety symptoms.


They are commonly used treatments for many dermatological conditions and are generally considered very safe and effective. However, the vast majority of users have an overwhelmingly positive experience with Avamys. Once a dose of adrenaline has been given, an ambulance needs to be called and the patient should go to hospital so that any further reaction can be treated.

Steroid cards

In rare cases, an allergy can lead to a severe allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock, which can be life threatening. Most allergic reactions are mild, but occasionally a severe reaction called anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock can occur. In this section you’ll find information about some of the different medicines that may be used to treat severe allergic reactions. Don’t forget this is only a guide – talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you’ve any questions about treatments and call 999 for an ambulance if you suspect someone is having a severe allergic reaction.

Talk to your doctor before taking other medicines

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales. Eczema is the name for a group of conditions that cause skin to become dry and irritated. We considered data from Yellow Card reports, in addition to information from the published literature and guidance from other medicines regulators.

The papulopustular type is more common in patients who are using topical corticosteroids for pigmentary disorders or acneiform conditions. From the reports the MHRA has received, patients have stated that they found the diagnosis themselves and that they had difficulty getting a diagnosis from a healthcare professional. This could be due a lack of awareness or a lack of recognition of the condition. As stated by Rathi and Souza (2012), topical corticosteroids are a vital tool for the treatment of dermatological conditions.