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YES: Phototherapy, a medical procedure in which your skin is carefully exposed to ultraviolet light. A dermatologist performs this treatment. Medicines applied to the skin, such as: corticosteroid creams or ointments, immunosuppressant creams or ointments, such as pimecrolimus (e), methoxsalen, skin graft, and lastly, several cover-up makeups or skin dyes can mask vitiligo. ...Read more
Safety tips: It is not known if Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream is safe to use for a long period of time (possible cancer?) do not use Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream continuously for a long time. Use Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream only on areas of your skin that have eczema. Do not use Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream on a child under 2 years old. ...Read more
Elidel (pimecrolimus): Elidel is the trade name for pimecrolimus which is a derivative of the macrolactam ascomycin which is an immunosuppressant. Its mechanism of action appears to involve inhibition of the activation of t cells. It also prevents the release of inflammatory mediators from mast cells. The drug may impair local immunosurveillance. It is second line therapy for atopic dermatitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It may help: Elidel (pimecrolimus) is a non-steroidal topical medicine that can help treat inflammation. Many patients with rosacea will need a topical steroid at times for flare-ups. However, Elidel (pimecrolimus) is a little more expensive than common, and certainly appropriate, topical steroids. You may want to discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably: While any drug taken during pregnancy has the potential to negatively affect the fetus, calcineurin inhibitors like tacrolimus and pimecrolimus are considered category c drugs, which means that they have not been associated with fetal loss or birth defects in animal studies. However, category c also means that these drugs have not been well studies in humans, so there may be potential risks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anti-inflammatory: It has anti-inflammatory properties.Get a more detailed answer ›
Give it 3 weeks: If this does it respond/improve or gets worse within 3 weeks contact your prescribing physician. ...Read more
If I use elidel (pimecrolimus) once a day for years am i putting myself at increased risk for cancer?
Risk/Benefit ratio: All drugs have risks and benefits, even Aspirin and Acetaminophen (tylenol). Medications are used for a benefit which is often very helpful. High benefit may be worth high risk or known side effects (eg chemotherapy). Here is info on Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0045108/#ddic601811.Side_effects_section. ...Read more
Just started Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream.What is the minimal time it must be on my skin after application to get fully absorbed before I can get me skin wet (shower)?
At least 20-30 min: The active agent is largely absorbed within 20-30 minutes, but it would be better to allow 1-2 hours for full active agent absorption before showering, but when done showering , pat the treated areas dry to avoid exfoliation of cells in the treated areas. Follow that with a moisturizer in treated areas. ...Read more
Unknown: maybe slight cancer risks for reports, elidel (pimecrolimus) cream is second line , steroid ointments the best and probably alot less risky but only use steorid ointments up to max 2weeks/month or raise bp,cholesterol, thin skin and more. use vaseline[petroleum jelly after shower most days to scaly skin] ...Read more
I was prescribed Elidel (pimecrolimus) for dermatitis on face but I may have rosacea too. Will the Elidel (pimecrolimus) make the rosacea worse? Many thanks
Does elidel (pimecrolimus) cream cause constant burning hot sensation in face for more than a day.Feels like face is on fire.Or it should not.Is it a temporary side effect that should subside in less time.
I just moved to nebraska from mississippi. My 4 year old daughters eczema flared and was resistant to normal medicine like elidel (pimecrolimus). Why?
Colder winters: Dry air secondary to winter indoor heating is the most likely causative agent assuming other allergic and stress variables unchanged. The dryness of the indoor air aggravates skin dryness making it itchier and stimulating the "itch scratch" cycle of eczema. Keep her bedroom cool, consider adding humidification, and be very aggressive with skin hydrating agents and oral antihistamines. Enjoy snow. ...Read more
I have a red rash which affect my face and chest area which scratches me a lot and cause the area to flake up . If I use elidel (pimecrolimus) it goes away?
Red flaky face/chest: It sounds like you may have something called seborrheic dermatitis. Elidel (pimecrolimus) may be helpful, but alternate use of otc anti-dandruff shampoos a couple of times a week may be all you need. There are several types of skin problems that can cause what you describe, so your best bet is to see a dermatologist for an evaluation. ...Read more