Topical steroids for face dermatitis


Topical Therapy

    • general points and common ingredients
    • topical steroids
    • common types of topical formulations
    • factors to consider when choosing a topical preparation
  • Deliver drug to target site in the skin by topical application, thus minimizes systemic side effects
  • Mainstay of dermatologic therapy
 What are the common ingredients in a topical formulation?
  1. Active drug(s)
  2. Vehicle (cream, ointment, lotion etc.)
  3. +/- preservatives
  4. +/- penetration enhancers (. azone, DMSO)
  5. Others (. antioxidants, fragrances, coloring/flavouring agents)
 

Prescriptions written for topical steroids should include explicit instructions about where and how often to apply the preparation, and the body areas where use must be avoided.  Pharmacists should ensure these directions are included on the dispensing label.  Prescribers should bear in mind that patients may keep unused or leftover corticosteroid skin preparations for some time after they are prescribed and thus forget the original indication or instructions for use.  The prescribing of unnecessarily large quantities should be avoided.  Patients should be warned not to share their topical steroid preparation with other people as this may result in unsafe application to unsuitable areas such as the face, as well as the potentially inappropriate treatment of undiagnosed skin conditions.

Topical steroids for face dermatitis

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