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Dermatology Emollient’s and Topical Steroids DETS0423

Course SummaryEmollients are used for the first-line treatment of a wide variety of dry or eczematous skin disorders. Since their soothing and hydrating properties are short-lived, they require frequent liberal application, especially after bathing, with continued use after improvement occurs. A wide variety of preparations are available, with choice guided by the severity of the condition, site of application and patient preference.

Topical steroids are used intermittently for acute exacerbations of inflammatory skin disorders where other measures such as emollients are ineffective. Steroids suppress the inflammatory reaction during use; they are not curative and on discontinuation a rebound exacerbation of the condition may occur. Again, a wide variety of preparations are available, with choice guided by the severity of the condition, site of application and age of the patient. Topical steroids are associated with adverse effects – skin thinning, spreading of untreated infection, striae, acne and mild depigmentation. To minimise potential adverse effects, the least potent formulation which is fully effective should be used, it should be spread thinly on the affected areas only (measured in terms of fingertip units) application should not be more frequent than twice daily.

There appears to be no real consensus on the timing of the application of emollients and topical steroids in conjunction with each other. This E-learning audio recording explores use of emollients and topical steroids by a consultant dermatologist who works in primary care

Who Should Attend?

All healthcare professionals. 

Session Aims

This session aims to improve your knowledge around the use of emollients and topical steroids.

Course Objectives

By the end of this session you will :

  • Understand commonly used emollients and how to sue them
  • Recognise the different types of emollients and how they differ.
  • Increase knowledge of commonly used topical treatments and judicious use of topical steroids
  • Recognize when to refer and how to make an appropriate referral.

Lecturer: Dr Ahmed Kazmi

Dr Ahmed Kazmi Dermatology Consultant

Dr Ahmed Kazmi is a UK-trained Dermatologist (MBChB, MRCP (Derm), MRCGP, Dip Clin Derm (Dist), FRACGP). He completed his Dermatology Fellowship and progressed towards FACD recognition via the Specialist Pathway.

Ahmed completed his undergraduate Medical degree at the University of Birmingham, UK, in 2008 and later completed the UK physician’s exams (MRCP). Having initially trained as a GP, he chose to retrain in dermatology at the prestigious Royal London Hospital and Royal Free Hospital. He was admitted to the UK Dermatology Specialist Register in 2021.
Ahmed has had exposure to all areas of adult and paediatric dermatology including skin cancer, inflammatory dermatoses, scalp disorders and psychodermatology. He has a strong general medical background. Ahmed can consult in English, French, German and Urdu/Hindi. He is inclusive and respectful of all patients including patients identifying as LGBTQIA.

When he isn’t practicing dermatology, Ahmed moonlights as a successful comedian.


Emollients and Topical Steroids Multimedia Presentation

This is a recorded webinar

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Enrolled: 6 students
Duration: 1
Lectures: 1
Video: 1
Level: Intermediate