Coal Tar 2% Foam in Combination with a Superpotent Corticosteroid Foam for Plaque Psoriasis Case Report and Clinical Implications

Amylynne J. Frankel, Joshua A. Zeichner, James Q. Del Rosso

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Abstract

Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory, immune-mediated, multi-system disease that is treated with a variety of medicines, including topical corticosteroids and, historically, coal tar. In this case, the authors evaluated whether combination therapy with coal tar foam 2% and a topical corticosteroid would induce a remission and maintain clearance of plaque-type psoriasis over an eight-week period. A 59-year-old Caucasian woman with plaque psoriasis of her elbows presented to the authors' dermatology clinic and was treated with clobetasol propionate 0.05% emollient foam in combination with coal tar 2% foam twice daily to her elbows for two weeks. After two weeks, the patient was switched to a maintenance regimen of twice-daily coal tar 2% foam during the week and twice-daily application of the corticosteroid on the weekends. The patient exhibited very favorable clearance of her plaque psoriasis on this regimen at her eight-week follow-up visit. In this case, the combination of coal tar 2% foam and clobetasol propionate 0.05% emollient foam twice daily was used effectively to induce remission of localized plaque psoriasis followed by an efficacious maintenance regimen, which incorporated intermittent therapy with both topical agents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
Volume3
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2010

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