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did steroids work for your child's eczema

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rainyday Thu 18-May-06 19:32:57

my dd has had eczema since she was 6 weeks old but about four months ago it became much more severe (she is now 2 and a half). We have tried many alternative routes including homeopathy and diet but nothing has really made any difference.

The back of her legs and inner thighs are constantly red and inflamed and the skin on her hands is badly thickened. Elsewhere on her body we control it (more or less) with emollients, though she seems to be becoming resistant even to these. The worst of it is the itching at night!

We have been prescribed eumovate (a low to moderate potency steroid) and a course of antibiotics by our doctor but are really in two minds about giving them to her. The doctor says it will clear it and then help us control it more effectively afterwards. But the last two times we gave her steroid cream (hydrocortisone 1% and fucidin) it didnt work very well and the eczema returned just as badly literally the day we stopped using it.

I am interested in anyone else's experience of resorting to steroids - did it return just as badly straight away or did the benefits last?

thanks very much!

foxinsocks Thu 18-May-06 19:46:32

eumovate is very soothing

have you looked into what might be causing her outbreaks? potential washing powders, foods, animals etc.?

we find using the steroid creams daily when her eczema is irritating her has worked for us but we tend to get outbreaks rather than have it constantly at the moment so our situation may be different

Blandmum Thu 18-May-06 19:50:25

Yes. They have now almost totaly grown out of it as well, but we did use steriods to sort out flare ups. The best thing for my two was aqueous cream....but I know it doesn't suit everyone.

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