Drugs

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 65–71 | Cite as

Topical Corticosteroids

Which Drug and When?
  • Benvenuto Giannotti
  • Nicola Pimpinelli
Practical Therapeutics

Summary

A number of factors have to be taken into account when dealing with the treatment of skin diseases with topical corticosteroids, including disease type and phase, potency of the drug, safety, site to be treated, age of the patient, and drug formulation.

Concerning the specific indications for topical corticosteroid treatment, we can distinguish skin diseases in which: (a) topical corticosteroids are the treatment of choice; (b) topical corticosteroids are useful as alternative and/or adjuvant treatment; (c) the proposed use of topical corticosteroids has to be confirmed as useful; and (d) topical corticosteroids can be used as a symptomatic treatment. Within these groups, the treatment schedule has to be adjusted according to the abovementioned general factors.

Keywords

Atopic Dermatitis Topical Corticosteroid Triamcinolone Acetonide Bullous Pemphigoid Beclomethasone Dipropionate 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benvenuto Giannotti
    • 1
  • Nicola Pimpinelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinica Dermosifilopatica IIUnivesità Degli Studi di FirenzeFirenzeItaly

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