What is the role of drug treatment for transient acantholytic dermatosis (Grover disease)?

Updated: Mar 17, 2020
  • Author: Clay J Cockerell, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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The goals of pharmacotherapy are to reduce morbidity and to prevent complications.

Fluocinonide gel 0.05% should be applied twice a day. Never apply to the face, the axillae, or the genital areas. Desoximetasone may be used in place of fluocinonide. High potency (class I) topical steroids, such as Temovate or Diprolene, are limited to 2 weeks' use. They can cause atrophy if used longer and, therefore, should be avoided.

Hydroxyzine 10-30 mg can be used every 6 hours as needed for itching. As a substitute, Benadryl 25-50 mg may be used every 6 hours as needed. Both may cause drowsiness.

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