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Established corticosteroid creams should be applied only once daily in patients with atopic eczema

By Hywel C. Williams


Atopic eczema affects many adults and up to 20% of children,1 with health costs comparable to diabetes2 and asthma.3 One community survey of 1760 young children in the United Kingdom found that 84% had mild eczema, 14% moderate, and 2% severe eczema.4 Topical corticosteroids are a mainstay of treatment for inflammatory episodes.5 Most long established topical corticosteroids such as betamethasone valerate\ud or hydrocortisone are applied at least twice daily, but three newer preparations (mometasone, fluticasone,\ud and methylprednisolone) have been developed\ud for once daily application. Here, I propose that established preparations need be applied only once daily

Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
Year: 2007
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Provided by: Nottingham ePrints

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