Research Article

Combined oral and nasal beclomethasone diproprionate in children with atopic eczema: a randomised controlled trial.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984; 289 doi: (Published 15 September 1984) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984;289:651
  1. R J Heddle,
  2. J F Soothill,
  3. C J Bulpitt,
  4. D J Atherton


    In a double blind, placebo controlled, crossover trial in 26 children with severe atopic eczema those receiving four weeks' treatment with combined oral plus nasal beclomethasone diproprionate improved significantly more than those receiving placebo. No adverse effects were observed, but 24 hour urinary cortisol excretion was slightly reduced. This combination may provide effective treatment in refractory atopic eczema with relatively little of the danger associated with systemic administration of prednisolone and other traditional corticosteroids.