Topical steroids with anti-infectives
A drug may be classified by the chemical type of the active ingredient or by the way it is used to treat a particular condition. Each drug can be classified into one or more drug classes.
Topical steroids with anti-infectives are used to treat topical infections (generally skin infections) that have an inflammatory component.
Steroids are extremely effective anti-inflammatory agents. They suppress various parts of the inflammatory reaction. Different topical steroids have different potency ranging from mild to very potent topical steroids.
Topical anti-infective agents act locally by either killing or inhibiting the spread of the infectious agent. They include antibiotics, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agents.
These topical steroids and anti-infective agents are available as creams, ointments and gels that can be applied locally on the area that needs to be treated.
Use of these agents depends on the particular infection that needs to be treated. Topical steroids with antibiotics and antibacterial agents are used to treat bacterial infections that have inflammation, itching, redness, etc. The topical agent with antifungal and steroid is used to treat a fungal infection with inflammation, and the agent with an antiviral and steroid is used to treat viral infection with inflammation.
Medical conditions associated with topical steroids with anti-infectives: