What is the role of systemic steroids in the treatment of atopic dermatitis (AD)?

Updated: Apr 26, 2021
  • Author: Cassandra Bradby, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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The use of systemic steroids in the treatment of acute exacerbation of atopic dermatitis is controversial. Most authors reserve oral prednisone (at least 20 mg/d for 7 d) for the most severe cases, although it seems the disease quickly relapses once the medication is discontinued. Patients also tend to discontinue topical steroid creams and other treatment as they feel better, which contributes to the relapse after oral steroids are done.


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