Which medications in the drug class Anti-inflammatory agents are used in the treatment of Atopic Dermatitis?

Updated: Mar 13, 2019
  • Author: Brian S Kim, MD, MTR, FAAD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Anti-inflammatory agents

Anti-inflammatory agents provide relief of inflammation of eczematous lesions. The ointment base provides moisturization. White petrolatum is useful to avoid potential sensitization to preservatives in water-based moisturizers.

Hydrocortisone ointment 1% (Cortaid)

Hydrocortisone ointment 1% is a mild topical corticosteroid mixed in petrolatum. It has mineralocorticoid and glucocorticoid effects and anti-inflammatory activity. Use 1% ointment 2-3 times daily.

Betamethasone topical (Beta-Val)

Betamethasone topical is a medium-strength topical corticosteroid for body areas. It decreases inflammation by suppressing the migration of polymorphonuclear leukocytes and reversing capillary permeability. It affects the production of lymphokines and has an inhibitory effect on Langerhans cells. Use 0.05-0.1% ointment in adults and 0.05% ointment in children.

Triamcinolone topical (Kenalog Orabase, Kenalog topical, Pediaderm TA)

Triamcinolone topical is a medium-strength topical corticosteroid for body areas. It decreases inflammation by suppressing the migration of polymorphonuclear leukocytes and reversing capillary permeability. It affects the production of lymphokines and has an inhibitory effect on Langerhans cells. Use 0.1% ointment in adults and 0.025% ointment in children.


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