Childhood Atopic Eczema Responds Equally To Potent Or Mild Therapy

By Harvey McConnell

A short burst of a potent topical corticosteroid is as effective and safe as prolonged use of a weak preparation for treatment of mild or moderate atopic eczema in children.

The type of preparation is immaterial provided that the dosage is adequate, according to clinicians at the Center of Evidence Based Dermatology, Queen's Medical Center, Nottingham, England, following a randomized, double blind, parallel group 18 week study.

Clinicians enrolled 174 children with mild or moderate atopic eczema recruited from 13 family practices and 33 children from the outpatient clinic at a teaching hospital in Nottingham.

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