Treatment of seborrheic dermatitis: the efficiency of sertaconazole 2% cream vs. tacrolimus 0.03% cream.
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The treatment of seborrheic dermatitis (SD) includes topical antifungal agents to eradicate Malassezia spp. corticosteroids to treat the inflammatory component of the disease, and keratolytics to remove scale and crust. The aim of this study was to compare the efficiency of sertaconazole 2% cream and tacrolimus 0.03% cream in the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis. In this clinical trial study, sixty patients suffering from SD were studied. Thirty patients received local sertaconazole 2% cream with a recommendation to use the cream twice a day for 4 weeks. In the control group, thirty patients received tacrolimus 0.03% cream twice a day for four weeks. At the time of referral, and 2 and 4 weeks after first visit, the patients were examined by a dermatologist to check the improvement of clinical symptoms. The mean ages of the sertaconazole and tacrolimus groups were 30.98 +/- 12.24 and 34.67 +/- 10.82, respectively. The highest level of satisfaction (90%) was observed 28 days after sertaconazole use. Only 83.3% satisfaction was noted in the tacrolimus group. The relationship between patient satisfaction and sertaconazole 2% cream receive in 28th day was significant (P = 0.006). Sertaconazole 2% cream may be an excellent alternative therapeutic modality for treating seborrheic dermatitis.