Fictitious Patient Case Study

An Example of appropriate use of Elocon® (mometasone furoate 0.1%)

Jennifer, a 42-year-old secondary school teacher, presents to her GP with a painful flare-up of psoriasis on her knees and elbows.

A patient presents

Upon examination, the GP notes red skin lesions with well-defined edges and silvery-white scales on the extensor areas of her limbs. In addition to being painful, Jennifer reports that they are itchy (particularly at night) and can crack and bleed.

Jennifer’s medical history

Investigation of Jennifer’s medical history revealed that she was diagnosed with psoriasis at 28 years of age and is regularly prescribed emollients. Jennifer reported that she regularly applies emollients (usually twice a day) and this is generally sufficient in keeping her symptoms under control.

Since her diagnosis, Jennifer has presented on numerous occasions to her GP for flare-ups of her psoriasis, the majority of which have been during the winter. Jennifer reported that cold weather in winter aggravates the condition, as does added stress prior to examination time.

Choice of treatment

Taking into consideration Jennifer’s present signs and symptoms and her medical history, her GP prescribed Elocon Ointment® (mometasone furoate 0.1%). Elocon Ointment® is indicated for the treatment of psoriasis. Jennifer was advised to apply a thin layer of the ointment to the affected areas once daily.1

Two weeks later

Jennifer applied the ointment once a day as advised by her GP. After a few days Jennifer noted that the itching and pain had reduced, and that 2 weeks following initiation of Elocon, the plaques have improved significantly. When the flare-up subsided, Jennifer continued to regularly apply emollient to help manage her psoriasis, and then she stopped Elocon treatment gradually.

DERM-1230576-0001 November 2017