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Skin Disorders Due to Long Term Prednisone Use

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Skin Disorders Due to Long Term Prednisone Use

Sometimes wounds are complicated by many factors other than the original cause of the wound.  One of these factors is long term prednisone or other steroid use.  This therapy, which is helpful for certain conditions, can make the skin very thin and prone to tearing over time.  Healing is more difficult, because the steroids have decreased the body’s ability to fight infection.  Also, the skin after long term prednisone use has impaired ability to grow new skin (over wounded areas).  This is treated with adaptive healing approaches which accommodate and protect the skin, while nurturing the wound (and the patient) to enhance tissue repair despite the damage caused by steroid use.