Are ointments or creams more effective in the treatment of nummular dermatitis?

Updated: Nov 21, 2019
  • Author: Jami L Miller, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Ointments are usually more effective than creams because they are more occlusive, form a barrier between the skin and the environment, and more effectively hold water into the skin. However, patients may be more likely to use a cream formulation; education and discussion is key to patient compliance.


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