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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Pandel Cream

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Pandel Cream [posted 7/17/98]
Question: I took my 10 year old daughter to the pediatrician for several dry patches of skin on her face. The doctor told me it was eczema and gave several samples of Pandel Cream to "apply sparingly" on the dry patches twice a day. Pandel Cream (Hydrocortisone buteprate manufactured by Savage Industries) should not be used on Children under the age of 18 and should not be used on the face. Who exactly this should be given to?

Answer: Steroid creams applied in high strength or for long periods of time can atrophy subcutaneous fat. Since the SQ fat is necessary to establish the contours of the face, it can make areas of the face look weird. This is the limitation on the face and the age limitation. In fact, small areas for short times with small concentrations don't produce this problem.

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