Proper Application of Hormone Cream or Gel
by Matt Buschjost, PharmD
February 6, 2011
(brought to you by Bellevue
Pharmacy, a ProjectAWARE sponsor)
Apply hormone cream to a clean, dry area of skin and be sure to
wash hands thoroughly before and after application. Areas that children
or pets would not easily come in contact with should be utilized.
The area should be loosely covered after application, until dry
to prevent transfer. If the arms are to be used, wearing clothing
with sleeves until the area is dry can help minimize exposure.
Signs to look for in exposed children and pets:
Young children may begin to show early signs of puberty
such as acne, breast development before age 7 in girls, and deepening
of voice in boys. You may notice pets that have previously been
spayed or neutered show signs of being in “heat” once
again, such as bloody discharge or softening of breast tissue. An
enlarged vulva is usually the most common sign and aggressive behavior
can be common in those exposed to testosterone. These problems will
likely disappear after a short period of time up to a few months
without the hormone exposure.
Be sure to tell your pediatrician or veterinarian
that you are currently using a topical hormone cream if your children
and/or pets show any of these signs.