Have you been prescribed steroid creams or ointments for a skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis? Do you have to guess how much to use, and do you worry about steroids 'thinning the skin'?
Many of my patients have never been told about this wonderful thing called 'fingertip units' (or FTUs). It is a really useful way of knowing you are using just the right amount. One FTU is the amount that is squeezed out of a standard tube along an adult's fingertip, and should be enough to cover an area equivalent to the whole hand (front and back with fingers together).
For more info on FTUs for children, and about eczema, click here.
For more info on psoriasis, click here.