What is the role of nonsteroidal calcineurin inhibitors in the treatment of stasis dermatitis?

Updated: Mar 27, 2020
  • Author: Scott L Flugman, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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The nonsteroidal calcineurin inhibitors tacrolimus and pimecrolimus may prove to be useful tools in the management of stasis dermatitis. Although these topical medications are approved only for atopic dermatitis, they have been shown to be effective in many steroid-responsive dermatoses. Because the calcineurin inhibitors do not carry the risks of skin atrophy or tachyphylaxis, they have the potential to become valuable agents in the treatment of chronic dermatoses such as stasis dermatitis.


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