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General principles of dermatologic therapy and topical corticosteroid use

Beth G Goldstein, MD
Adam O Goldstein, MD, MPH
Section Editors
Robert P Dellavalle, MD, PhD, MSPH
Moise L Levy, MD
Deputy Editor
Rosamaria Corona, MD, DSc


The success of dermatologic therapies is dependent upon many factors. General issues related to topical therapies will be reviewed here with a particular emphasis upon the use of topical corticosteroids.

There are five components to the successful use of topical therapies:

Correct diagnosis

Type of lesion being treated



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