A 28-year-old male asked:
how long does it take for corticosteroids to work on eczema?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Susan Rhoads answered
37 years experience Family Medicine
Depends.: It depends on the strength of the steroid. Usually you may start showing some improvement in 24-36 hours. Avoid fragrances in lotions, soaps, detergents, hot water,and scratching! Also pat, don't rub dry and be sure to use a good moisturizer for sensitive skin. If you have no change at all in 3 days, call your doc and find out what to try next.
Answered on Jul 28, 2015
Dr. Kyle Anders answered
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Eczema: Topical corticosteroids should take a couple of days to see improvement of your skin, but relief from the itching should improve within a couple of hours. You should work to keep your skin well hydrated with hypoallergenic lotion through out the day, likely applying lotion more than three times. This will allow you to limit using the steroids. If extensive eczema, see a Dermatologist for more care
Answered on May 29, 2015
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