Intended for healthcare professionals

Do topical medicaments cause more harm than good?

Topical medicaments are estimated to account for between 20–30% of all cases of allergic contact dermatitis. It is important that we are aware of the potential risks of contact sensitisation to particular medicaments, the contact irritancy that can occur with some products, and the sites of application which are of particular risk of contact sensitisation.
Dermatology in practice 2000; 8(3): 20–23
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