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Frequency used topical steroids, past 3 months

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For sample persons under age 18 who used topical steroids in the past 2 weeks (MSTER2W), MSTER2WFREQ reports the frequency the person took or used the medication during the past 3 months. MSTER2WFREQ is part of the "Medicine Use" section of the 1981 Child Health Supplement.

Related Variables about Topical Steroid Use 

For those who respond "yes" to MSTER2W, the following information is also collected:

  • The main health problem the respondent used the topical steroid for (MSTER2WPROB),
  • Whether the respondent obtained the topical steroid via prescription (MSTER2WRX), and
  • Whether a doctor recommended the use of the topical steroid (MSTER2WDREC)

For a complete list of the medicines asked about in the Medicine Use section, please see MALL2W.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 1981: Sample persons under age 18 who used topical steroids in past two weeks (MSTER2W).


  • 1981