Cream by Day, Ointment by Night

July 1, 2006

Patients often complain that ointments are greasy and stain clothing. Here's how to solve the problem and encourage compliance.

 

Ointments are an effective vehicle for topical treatment of such chronic dermatologic conditions as eczema and psoriasis; however, patients often complain that they are greasy and stain clothing. I find that prescribing an ointment for nighttime application and a cream for use during the day results in better compliance.

- Benjamin Barankin, MD
    Toronto

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