Posted by: Heidi | 2004/11/23


Cortisone for Eczema - please give advice

Hi Doc

My son is 20 months old and he has got a minor case of eczema. The flare-ups are usually every 2-3 months or longer, but when it does flare-up, it is very itchy and red, and it makes my baby very unhappy.

The doctors always prescribe Advantan, as they say it's the best cream with cortisone to soothe it immediately. I understand this, but I am worried that my son's skin will become too thin.

I have done and still doing everything to control it. Washing him with soap-free soap, Aqueos Cream bar, moisturising him regularly, no spices on food, no sweets etc. His clothes I wash with Woolite Sensitive with no softener and a double rinse etc etc., so as you can see, I am trying to do everything in my power to keep it under control. This all helps, but if there is a flare-up, I certainly do not want to use a steriod cream.

What about non-steriod creams e.g. Elidel or Kigelia (Mocuderm)??

Your advice will be appreciated.

Thank you, Heidi

Expert's Reply



Eczema can be very difficult to treat, but you seem to be doing all the right things. The regular moisturisation is extremely important, but if it flares up the addition of a low dose steroid cream is justified. This should not have any long term side effects. We are more concerned about potent high dose steroid creams, especially if it is applied to the face. You are welcome to try any of the other products and see if it works, but I am not aware of any alternative with proven value.

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Posted by: Me | 2004/11/26

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Posted by: Heidi | 2004/11/24

Thank you Cheryl.

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Posted by: Cheryl | 2004/11/23

Heidi, my baby also suffers from eczema and my doc suggested that I buy MILKOCREAM or MILKREEM (same thing). It is available over the counter from any chemist. This is actually used for milking cows but just 1 or 2 applications after a bath clears eczema magically.

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