Topical corticosteroids in atopic eczema – getting the dose right

Patients with eczema (or their carers) often fail to apply adequate amounts of prescribed topical corticosteroid to their affected skin, often because of 'steroid phobia'.(1,2) GPs can help address this problem by encouraging use of the 'fingertip unit' method of dosing when explaining how much ointment or cream needs to be applied,(2,3) says Sydney GP, Dr John Tsingos