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I have nasty eczema. How effective is elidel (pimecrolimus)?

I have nasty eczema. How effective is elidel (pimecrolimus)?

Somewhat: Elidel (pimecrolimus) is an anti-inflammatory cream used to treat eczema. It works best on mild to moderate eczema and when chronic treatment is needed. For moderate to severe eczema, often a more potent topical steroid cream is used to get the rash under control before switching to the safer, but weaker elidel. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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Atopic Dermatitis (Definition)

A range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and recurring skin rashes. The cause is unknown but presumed to be a combination of ...Read more


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My daughter has what I think is eczema. She's picking at it and it's bleeding now. We tried many creams. Nothing is helping. Rx cream also not helping?

My daughter has what I think is eczema. She's picking at it and it's bleeding now. We tried many creams. Nothing is helping. Rx cream also not helping?

Triggers: First, it is important to determine what the trigger for her eczema is. If it is a food sensitivity, you may need to cut down the consumption of that trigger. If it is environmental, you would do the same. Giving her a really good multivitamin is also important to maintain her nutritional status optimally. Singulair (montelukast) is a good medicine for eczema and does even better with an antihistamine. ...Read more

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I have eczema. What is Physiogel cream benefits for my face. Is it good?

I have eczema. What is  Physiogel cream benefits for my face. Is it good?

Yes, but Expensive: Unlike most conventional moisturisers, physiogel contains ceramide and other physiological lipids that help replace moisture and repair the skin’s damaged lipid barriers. These ceramide moisturisers can be fairly expensive, but some patients get very good results. Make sure you are practicing good skin hygiene measures in addition to daily moisturization. ...Read more

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I am having rhinitis since long time but recently developed skin allergy,itching,rashes. Gets better with anti histamines.what can be alternative cure?

I am having rhinitis since long time but recently developed skin allergy,itching,rashes. Gets better with anti histamines.what can be alternative cure?

See allergist: It appears that you may be having atopic dermatitis as well although most people usually develop skin problem first before rhinitis and even asthma (called the atopic march). However the rash from AD is not usually relieved with antihistamine and thus I wonder if you meant hives (swelling) instead of a rash. An allergy consult will likely be beneficial for you. ...Read more

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I have seborrheic dermatitis and I'm using Physiogel A.I on my face, but I notice that is for dry skin, is there an alternative I can use?

I have seborrheic dermatitis and I'm using Physiogel A.I on my face, but I notice that is for dry skin, is there an alternative I can use?

Better Rx?: This isn't really the most targeted therapy for seborrheic dermatitis. You have a lot of choices. A salicylic acid face wash, or something containing ketoconazole, may be the most helpful. Your physician can guide you. Seborrheic dermatitis isn't curable but is very manageable. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a baby with face eczema. I used desonide for a week, but the eczema is back. Is something else safer or better?

I have a baby with face eczema.  I used desonide for a week, but the eczema is back.  Is something else safer or better?

Frequent Vaseline: Eczema on the body and face is in most cases transient and doesn't leave life long scars in most babies. Eczema occurs due to the skin becoming dry. Some important things to do: 1. Apply vaseline/eczema ointments 4-6 times per day 2. Use luke warm water for baths 3. Don't put soaps in the water for bathing as it leaches fat from the skin. 4. Use small amounts of aveno baby wash/dove soap. ...Read more

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How long and how often can be combiderm applied to cure neck rashes? Not itchy. I am very cautious in taking steroid creams but my GP prescribed.

How long and how often can be combiderm applied to cure neck rashes? Not itchy. I am very cautious in taking steroid creams but my GP prescribed.

Work with your doctor: Combiderm consists of Betamethasone Dipropionate, Clotrimazole, Gentamicin. Take some pictures of your rash. Then use cream as directed by GP for 2 weeks. Take new pictures. Compare to prior pictures. If no improvement go back to doctor. Or set up. Dermatology visit. Good luck. ...Read more

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My baby has face eczema. I used desonide for a week but it is back. Is aclovate safer or better?

My baby has face eczema. I used desonide for a week but it is back. Is aclovate safer or better?

Chronic: Eczema is chronic and will recur. I recommend avoiding harsh soaps which will dry the skin, use aquaphor or vanicream to protect your baby's skin throughout the day and desonide to keep it controlled, preferably no more than 3 times a week. It gets better over time! also, eczema makes skin more susceptible to infections so if it persists, see your dr. ...Read more

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I think I got ringworm from kid, but not sure. Is it safe to treat as if I did? Have ketoconazole, nystatin & triamcinolone actonide, which one best?

I think I got ringworm from kid, but not sure. Is it safe to treat as if I did? Have ketoconazole, nystatin & triamcinolone actonide, which one best?

Ringworm: The source of ringworm fungus is generally irrelevant to its treatment. The location on the skin is very relevant. If it is on the scalp, it requires oral medication. Elsewhere, topical katoconazole is one of a number of effective medications. Triamcinolone does not have anti fungal properties and will not cure the infection. ...Read more

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I have had eczema my whole life. I used elocon cream for 21 years . I have severe breakouts without the cream . is this topical steroid withdrawals?

Eczema: Eczema is a chronic disease and this course is quite common with the disease. Make sure you are taking good care of your skin and using a cream or ointment for a moisturizer. You should also not scratch or run the effected skin as this can make the symptoms worse. ...Read more

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I have been suffering from Seborrheic Dermatitis, so have been using the elomet cream for more than a year, and getting immune to it, is there a cure?

I have been suffering from Seborrheic Dermatitis, so have been using the elomet cream for more than a year, and getting immune to it, is there a cure?

Easy to manage: I'm sorry that you weren't treated properly already. Emollients / moisturizers are only a minor part of managing seborrhea. Get with a general physician show knows how to treat it -- anti-inflammatories, anti-fungals, and more may all be part of good care. ...Read more

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Is it safe to tan while I have eczema and am using a steroid lotion?

Is it safe to tan while I have eczema and am using a steroid lotion?

Tanning with eczema: Sun is often very helpful for eczema, although sometimes the involved skin does not tan as well as other areas, leaving mottled skin pigmentation. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

A condition in which tiny, fluid-filled, itchy blisters appear on the palms and fingers. ...Read more