IN THIS issue of the ARCHIVES, Zackheim and coworkers1 address whether the use of topical corticosteroids is effective in the management of early-stage mycosis fungoides. They provide us with an answer and challenge us with a question! Although Cohen and Baer2 and Farber et al3,4 demonstrated that topical corticosteroid use may be helpful, their trials were modest and incomplete. Zackheim et al1 demonstrated that topical corticosteroids are effective agents in the treatment of patch-stage mycosis fungoides.
Rosenthal D. A Challenging Question Regarding the Use of Topical Corticosteroids for Mycosis Fungoides. Arch Dermatol. 1998;134(8):1033–1034. doi:10.1001/archderm.134.8.1033