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Do topical steroids for eczema absorb into the body? I have a condition that is dramatically worsened by oral steroid use but i need eczema treatment.
Yes they do: There is definite but small absorption of topical steroids into the body. All steroid effects can be seen including elevation of sugar levels, etc but it would take a lot of topical use. It also depends on the strength of the steroid preparation that is used. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Eczema & Allergy: There are 2 types of dermatitis or eczema caused by allergy - contact dermatitis and atopic dermatitis. Contact dermatitis is like the rash you get with poison ivy and testing consists of a number of patches that are worn for 48 - 72 hours. Atopic dermatitis can be caused by food allergy and testing is done by skin prick with a drop of each suspected food and left on for 20 minutes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was prescribed Triamincinolone steroid cream by my Dermotologist to use as needed for my eczema. I use it quite often on few spots. Is this unsafe?
Does eczema herpeticum need to be dignosed with blood tests or can a doctor diagnose it from the condition of the skin?
Usually: It can usually be diagnosed from looking at the skin but your doctor can do a blood test. ...Read more
Chronic Inflammation: Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition. Seems to due to genetic defects in the proteins and lipids supporting the skin layer/barrier called the epidermis. Disruption of this barrier results in inflammation of the skin. You likely have a family history of this condition as it tends to be passed on genetically. Eczema can be mild, moderate or severe. See an allergist or dermatologist. ...Read more
Born with tendency.: Eczema is in the same family of conditions as allergies and asthma;someone with eczema has skin that's overly sensitive to dryness and irritation. It can't be cured but usually can be controlled. It is best managed by using a sensitive skin cleanser, avoiding bathing in very hot water, and using a sensitive skin lotion at least 3 times daily, even when the rash isn't there. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers