ointments are safe when used appropriately. Some tips for safe application
topical steroids only to rough affected skin and avoid normal unaffected
- Avoid the
application of topical steroids to skin folds (armpits, groin, thighs,
under breasts) when possible, especially for prolonged periods of time.
- Avoid the
use of topical steroids on eyelids.
milder steroids, which your dermatologist can prescribe, to treat the
- Use the
mildest topical steroid that controls the eczema, which your dermatologist
can help you determine.
topical steroids no more than two times per day.
Consider using calcineurin inhibitors
(Protopic© ointment and Elidel© cream). These nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
medications are approved for children older than two years, but they are
sometimes used “off-label,” especially in rotation with topical steroids, for
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