You can buy some topical corticosteroids "over-the-counter" without a prescription. For example, for dermatitis, you can buy the steroid cream called hydrocortisone 1% from your pharmacy. Do not apply this to your face unless your doctor has told you to do so. This is because it may trigger a skin condition affecting the face ( acne or rosacea. ) Long-term use may also damage the skin. On your face this would be more noticeable than the rest of your body. So usually only weak steroids are used on the face. Those which are suitable are prescription-only.
A transnasal flexible laryngoscope can be used for office-based diagnostics. This office exam is extremely well tolerated and often performed multiple times per day to patients of all ages. This can even be performed on newborns if medically required. Prior to passing the scope, the patient's nose is decongested and anesthetized with topical sprays that do NOT sting or burn. The patient then sits in an upright position and the scope is passed along the floor of the nose into the back of the throat to a level just above the vocal cords. At this point the patient is asked to breath deeply and phonate, allowing the physician to directly observe the structure and dynamic motion of the true and false vocal cords. There are no lasting side effects to this procedure and the anesthetic spray wears off over the ensuing 1-2 hours.