@MikeMason-- I had a very brief experience with steroid gel. I know that there are people who really like it, but I had a bad experience. The side effects were too many. It made me very anxious and jittery, kind of like I drank too much coffee, but much worse.
It also seemed to work more slowly than other types of steroids, I think it takes longer for the steroid to be absorbed through the skin and enter the bloodstream. Since the side effects were too many and the effects too little, I didn't continue with it for long.
Everyone is different though and reacts to medications differently. If anyone else wants to chime in with their experience, that would be good.