Creams for dermatitis

Topical agents for dermatitis

Topically applied creams, ointments, and gels are often employed to relieve the symptoms of dermatitis. Most cases of dry skin are caused by dehydration of the epidermis. Selection of the appropriate agent is usually based on the condition of the skin.

  • Wet: Zinc oxide; water; normal saline
  • Neutral: cetomacrogol cream; lanette cream
  • Dry: vaseline cetomacrogol cream, vaseline lanette cream
  • Very dry: cetomacrogol salve, lanette salve, vaseline

Topically applied anesthetics such as lidocaine in a zinc oxide are expected to provide relief for how long?