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Letter to the Editor
Editor, – I enjoyed the article ‘Rational use of topical corticosteroids’ (Aust Prescr 2013;36:158-61). I did, however, find the sentence ‘Topical treatment in children should be used with extreme caution’ surprising. In general, topical corticosteroid treatment in children is remarkably safe – so safe that some products are available without any prescription. Possibly the authors were referring to more potent corticosteroids such as mometasone or methylprednisolone. Even then, ‘extreme’ caution is unnecessary given their excellent safety record, even when substantially misused. The article was otherwise excellent and appreciated.
Paediatric skin specialist
Royal Children’s Hospital