Limited application of fluticasone propionate ointment, 0.005% in patients with psoriasis of the face and intertriginous areas

Mark G. Lebwohl, Mei Heng Tan, Stacie L. Meador, Giselle Singer

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Abstract

Background: Facial and intertriginous skin is more susceptible to corticosteroid-induced atrophy. Dosing regimens are needed for long-term management of corticosteroid-sensitive sites. Objective: The safety and efficacy of 0.005% fluticasone propionate ointment were assessed in the short- and long-term management of moderate to severe psoriasis of facial and intertriginous areas compared with nonfacial, nonintertriginous areas. Methods: Affected areas in 20 patients with psoriasis were treated twice daily for 2 weeks, then once daily for 2 consecutive days every week for 8 more weeks. Results: More than 50% improvement occurred after 2 weeks (day 15) in 100% of facial and intertriginous lesions and was maintained during long-term therapy in more than 85% of facial and intertriginous lesions. More than 50% improvement for nonfacial, nonintertriginous areas reached only 80% by day 15. Recurrence rates for facial and intertriginous areas were lower than in the nonfacial, nonintertriginous areas. Skin atrophy and telangiectasia did not occur. Facial and intertriginous sites responded more quickly to topical fluticasone propionate ointment than nonfacial, nonintertriginous skin. Conclusion: Limited application of fluticasone propionate ointment over a period of 10 weeks is effective and delays lesion recurrence without causing skin atrophy in patients with moderate to severe psoriasis in areas at risk for corticosteroid application, such as facial and intertriginous areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-82
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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