Inflammatory skin conditions like seborrhea, eczema, and psoriasis are often treated successfully with Dermatop. Use of this product is typically limited to adults and children age 10 and older, although the cream can be used in children as young as 1 year old. Dermatop can also be prescribed "off-label" to treat vitiligo and certain other conditions.
What Is Dermatop Used For?Dermatop® (prednicarbate) is a prescription skin medication approved to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions. Such conditions include but are not limited to:
Dermatop is approved to treat any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids. This is a very broad indication. Dermatop comes in two forms: a cream and an ointment. The ointment is greasier, but is more moisturizing and stronger, compared to the cream.
How Does Dermatop Work?Dermatop is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids. Glucocorticoids are a type of corticosteroid, or "steroid" for short. Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Dermatop works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.
Can Children Use Dermatop?
Dermatop cream is approved for children as young as one year of age. The ointment, which is more potent, is approved for use in children as young as 10 years of age.
Children are at an increased risk for serious side effects of steroids. In general, steroids, including this one, are used for short-term treatment only. This is especially important for children.
Keep in mind that Dermatop is not approved to treat diaper rash and should never be applied to the diaper area, due to the increased risk of side effects, unless your child's healthcare provider specifically recommends that you do so.