Topical Steroids - Paul Jarrett

Date Published: 
Monday, September 21, 2015

Dr Paul Jarrett talks about the usage of topical steroids in general practice. Paul is a Consultant Dermatologist at the Department of Dermatology, Counties Manukau DHB. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of Auckland where he is the clinical lead for dermatology teaching. His current research interests are in cutaneous lupus erythematosus and the psychology of cutaneous wound healing.


  • Long term usage
  • How does a topical steroid actually work?
  • Which skin issues can be treated?
  • No go areas
  • Steroid ladder and management principles
  • Frequency, quantity and for how long?
  • Weekend treatment
  • Effectiveness of daily, low potency steroids
  • Dilution of topical steroids
  • Should we be combining steroids and antifungals?
  • Paediatric usage
  • Possible side effects, problems and damage
  • Guidance to patients
  • Take home messages


Dr Paul Jarrett

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