How are topical steroids used to treat nummular dermatitis?

Updated: Aug 16, 2019
  • Author: Jami L Miller, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Steroids are the most commonly used therapy to reduce inflammation.

Topical steroids are effective. Less erythematous, less pruritic lesions may be treated with low-potency (class III-VI) steroids. Severely inflamed lesions with intense erythema, vesicles, and pruritus require high-potency (class I-II) preparations. Penetration of the medication is enhanced by occlusion or presoaking in a tub of plain water followed immediately (without drying) by application of the steroid-containing ointment.

Application of the medicine to damp skin allows more effective penetration and faster healing.

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