Telethermography, a new method to evaluate corticosteroid activity

F. Ippolito, A. Di Carlo

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An original thermographic method to evaluate the activity of topical corticosteroids is reported; specifically, the study has been performed employing a cream containing alclometasone dipropionate 0.1%. Eighteen healthy patients (12 women and 6 men) were studied applying the same quantity of the cream and his placebo on symmetrical areas of the upper back. In four of these, the applications were repeated twice a day for seven days. The results show that in the sides treated with alclometasone the vasoconstrictive time increases progressively with the number of the applications, from 4 hours after a single to 18 hours after 14 applications. The Authors emphasize the validity of thermography in evaluating corticosteroid to vasoconstriction as well as in establishing the correct dosage in order to avoid side effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-295
Number of pages5
JournalGiornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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