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Lahiri A Treatise on Topical Corticosteroids in Dermatology

Use Misuse and Abuse

ISBN: 978-981-10-4608-7

Erscheinungsdatum: August 2017

Einband: Hardcover

Seitenzahl: 333 p.

Illustrationen: 152 ill.

Verlag: Springer

Lieferzeit: 2 - 15 Tage

Beschreibung

  • Topical corticosteroids have been available for more than six decades during which they have completely changed the face of therapy of dermatological disorders
  • Despite being the most useful drug for such treatment they are known to produce serious local, systemic and psychological side-effects when overused or misused
  • A separate book dedicated to topical corticosteroids has never been planned or executed

This treatise aims to fill up the lacuna and to contribute significantly to the dissemination of knowledge about the indication/contraindication, mechanism of action, ethical use, side-effects and various other facets related to topical corticosteroid.

Topical corticosteroids (TC) have greatly enhanced dermatologists’ ability to effectively treat several difficult dermatoses. The available range of formulations and potencies allows them to flexibly treat all groups of patients, different phases of disease, and different anatomic sites.

Improper/incomplete knowledge about topical corticosteroids’ mechanism of action, indications, classifications, and contraindications has produced a rapid rise in the incidence of improper use of these drugs, which could potentially bring disrepute to this entire group of amazing drugs.

Responsibility for disseminating proper knowledge regarding when, where, and how to use TC both to internists and patients primarily rests with dermatologists. In this regard, the benefits of rational and ethical use and the potential harm of overuse and misuse for nonmedical, especially cosmetic purposes, should be clearly conveyed before prescribing