What should patients know about nummular dermatitis?

Updated: Aug 16, 2019
  • Author: Jami L Miller, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Answer

Patients must be educated about the most important predisposing condition to nummular eczema—dry skin. Use of gentle soaps and copious application of moisturizers, especially while the skin is still damp after bathing, is imperative. Once the lesions develop, use of topical steroids or calcineurin inhibitors helps with the itch and hastens resolution.

For patient education resources, visit the Skin Conditions and Beauty Center. Also, see the patient education article Eczema.


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