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HSA warns against taking health products that contain steroids, antibiotics

“The product was labeled to be ‘SGS approved’ and ‘suitable’ to treat a wide range of conditions including knee pain, itchy skin, internal injury and stroke,” HSA added. The product also claimed that it has “no steroid and mercury added.”

However, HSA found the product to contain dexamethasone, a potent steroid.

SPECIAL SKIN TREATMENT

HSA was alerted by a member of the public about a product called Special Skin Treat that was sold on touchskin.com.sg, a website that is now inactive.

She had noticed a significant improvement in her children’s eczema condition within five days of using the product, which was promoted to relieve skin conditions such as eczema.

The cream claimed to contain natural ingredients that are safe for use on babies, young children, pregnant women and anyone with sensitive skin.

It also claimed that it did not contain steroids.

However, HSA tested the product and found that the product contained clobetasol propionate, a potent steroid.

HSA has not detected the sale of Special Skin Treatment on local e-commerce platforms and investigation is ongoing.

Clobetasol propionate, dexamethasone and prednisolone are potent steroids that are usually prescribed for inflammatory conditions.

“Creams containing such potent steroids for treatment of skin conditions should only be prescribed by doctors for use under medical supervision,” HSA said.

Discontinuation of such steroids without proper medical supervision can also lead to adrenal insufficiency, a serious condition where the body does not produce adequate amounts of steroid hormones, resulting in fatigue, generalized weakness, muscle and joint pain, low blood pressure, fits or shock.