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  • Dietrich Abeck
  • Walter Burgdorf
  • Hansjoerg Cremer

Abstract

Vehicles for topical agents is an issue which rarely concerns physicians other than dermatologist. The vehicle is the cream, ointment or liquid in which an active ingredient is mixed. There is an old saying to the effect that a skilled dermatologist can achieve more by employing the ideal vehicle for a given disease at a certain stage than can an inexperienced physician with the entire spectrum of active ingredients, but no concept of when to use what. It is absolutely crucial to understand the different types of vehicles in which topical medications can be mixed and to employ them with fine touch. In many instances, the drying, lubricating or soothing action of the vehicle plays as great a role as the choice of active ingredients. Conversely, applying exactly the wrong vehicle can countermand even the most appropriately chosen active ingredient. Table 65 lists common vehicles, while Table 66 correlates clinical findings with appropriate and less appropriate vehicles.

Keywords

Atopic Dermatitis Active Ingredient Allergic Rhinitis Topical Corticosteroid Triamcinolone Acetonide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dietrich Abeck
    • 1
  • Walter Burgdorf
    • 2
  • Hansjoerg Cremer
    • 3
  1. 1.Klinik und Poliklinik für Dermatologie und Allergologie am BiedersteinTechnische Universität MunchenMunchenGermany
  2. 2.TutzingGermany
  3. 3.HeilbronnGermany

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