Topical medications have been a part of physicians’ therapeutic arsenal since antiquity, in the form of herbal remedies and ointments. Today, topical medications are still very much in use for the management of multiple conditions and symptoms related to the skin. Antifungal ointment for athlete's foot and ibuprofen gel for musculoskeletal pain relief are common examples.
In this course, the student will be introduced to the types of topical medication: stable and unstable mixtures.
For optimal comprehension, the student should be familiar with the histology of the skin, the physiology of skin repair, and the pathophysiologies of the most common ailments that require topical management.