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Pediatr Dermatol. 2007 May-Jun;24(3):296-301.

Synthetic tannins in dermatology--a therapeutic option in a variety of pediatric dermatoses.

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Department of Dermatology, Venerology and Allergology, University of Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany.


Synthetic tannins are established adjuvants in the therapy of itchy, inflamed, weeping, superficial skin diseases. The therapeutic effects of synthetic tannins are based on their tanning action as well as on their antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antipruritic effects. In terms of pharmacology and clinical applicability, synthetic tannins are particularly versatile substances. They have also been used as steroid-free, anti-inflammatory treatment alternatives, especially in pediatric dermatoses. Systemic absorption is not to be expected. Because of their high safety profile and good tolerance, they are appropriate for the treatment of all age groups. Thus, synthetic tannins can be safely used for infants and children and also during pregnancy and lactation.

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