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The effects of topical indomethacin and clobetasol propionate on post-cryotherapy inflammation.

Author(s): Humphreys F, Spiro J

Affiliation(s): Department of Dermatology, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, U.K.

Publication date & source: 1995-05, Br J Dermatol., 132(5):762-5.

Publication type: Clinical Trial; Randomized Controlled Trial

The effects of topical indomethacin and clobetasol propionate on erythema and oedema following low-dose cryotherapy to normal skin were examined using a single-blind technique. Both agents significantly reduced erythema, but neither had a significant effect on oedema. A further, controlled, double-blind study comparing topical indomethacin and inert gel base was performed after cryotherapy to hand warts. In this study, topical indomethacin had no significant effect on post-cryotherapy oedema, erythema, pain or blister formation 48 and 96 h after treatment. Both potent topical steroids and cyclo-oxygenase inhibitors reduce erythema after low-dose cryotherapy. In clinical practice, there is no evidence that topical indomethacin significantly inhibits the inflammatory response to cryotherapy.

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