Survey Finds Dissatisfaction with Topical Steroids

Survey Finds Dissatisfaction with Topical Steroids

Anne McVey

Dissatisfaction in Eczema Treatment By Patients and Physicians, Many Are Unaware of the Benefits of Wet Wrap Therapy.

  • 4 out of 10 doctors and 6 out of 10 eczema patients are unhappy with results from high potency topical steroid treatment for eczema.
  • 91% of moderate to severe eczema sufferers are only given high potency topical steroids for treatment and expected to repeat the same treatment if unsatisfied.

An international survey performed on physicians and their patients found 43% of doctors who treat moderate to severe eczema with high potency topical steroids are unsatisfied with the results. This survey also found the 66% of the patients being treated for moderate to severe eczema with high potency topical steroids are dissatisfied. Most alarming is that the patients expect to be unsatisfied from their physicians explaining to them the expectations from the treatment from high potency topical steroids. It was also discovered that 91% of patients being treated for moderate to severe eczema were given high potency topical steroids and expected to repeat the treatment. Oral steroids were also used as a treatment and it was also found to have high dissatisfaction from doctors and patients.

The lack of new treatments are causing individuals suffering from moderate to severe eczema to only have limited treatments that have low success rates and low satisfaction rates.

One problem is the lack of awareness of the effectiveness of wet wrap therapy for moderate to severe eczema. In the past, wet wrap therapy was a labor intensive treatment requiring health care workers to wrap patients in a layer of wet gauze and then a layer of dry gauze under regular clothing. This wrapping was done after a warm bath and the application of emollients. There has been a recent emergence of new, medical wet wrap therapy garments that increase the effectiveness and ease of this treatment and allow patients to perform the treatment in their home instead of a hospital or clinic. Doctors and patients need to have an increased awareness of this treatment that has been advocated as an extremely effective treatment for eczema. New research on wet wrap therapy shows an average reduction of eczema symptoms by 71% in just 5 easy treatments. This research also shows a decrease in the need for topical steroids by 40%. Please visit this link for the recent study on wet wrap therapy’s effectiveness and how it cuts the need for topical steroids which have side effects. (http://www.nationaljewish.org/about/mediacenter/pressreleases/2014-News/Wet-Wraps-Cut-Need-For-Drugs-In-Kids-With-Eczema)

Reference: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-r