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August 1986

Glucocorticoid-Induced Vasoconstriction in Human Skin: An Inhibitory Role on Phospholipase A2 Activity

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Monash Medical School, Alfred Hospital, Prahran, Victoria, Australia.

Arch Dermatol. 1986;122(8):881-883. doi:10.1001/archderm.1986.01660200053013

• The ability of topically applied betamethasone valerate to reduce erythema produced by a variety of vasodilators was assessed. The steroid significantly reduced the erythema induced by topical arachidonic acid, intradermal histamine, and compound 48/80. We postulated that the steroid reduced endogenous phospholipase activity either before or after application of the vasodilators, or both. This action may explain the mechanism of glucocorticoid-induced vasoconstriction in the skin and part of the steroids' action in acute inflammatory skin disease.

(Arch Dermatol 1986;122:881-883)