Which medications in the drug class Topical steroids are used in the treatment of Atopic Dermatitis in Emergency Medicine?

Updated: Apr 26, 2021
  • Author: Cassandra Bradby, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Topical steroids

Topical steroids are very effective when used in the induction of remission and in the acute exacerbation of atopic dermatitis. Low- to medium-potency steroids should be used routinely, with medium-to-high potency steroids for more severe rashes.

Triamcinolone topical (Aristocort)

Triamcinolone topical  is a medium-potency topical steroid. It treats inflammatory dermatoses responsive to steroids. It decreases inflammation by suppressing the migration of polymorphonuclear leukocytes and reversing capillary permeability.

Hydrocortisone topical

Hydrocortisone topical is an example of a low-potency topical steroid available over the counter. It is an adrenocorticosteroid derivative suitable for application to skin or external mucous membranes. It has mineralocorticoid and glucocorticoid effects resulting in anti-inflammatory activity.

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