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Treatment Initial therapy Hydration: Regular use of emollients during and between flares can provide effective hydration. See handout Skin care in atopic dermatitis Suppression of inflammation: A topical corticosteroid should be applied to the rash b.i.d. The formulation (ointment, cream, lotion) should offer the most emollient. The potency of the corticosteroid should be matched to […]