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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Eczema

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An indi vidual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

[posted 05/1/2000]
Question: What do I use to make my exzema go away? I only have on my three of my fingers and one of my big toes. Lookig for over the counter medication to control.

Answer: The 1% hydrocortisone will usually work, apply it twice/three times a day especially after your bath/shower.

[posted 04/4/2000]
Question: I have a 8mth baby with severe eczema and have been given hydrocortizone (1%) to manage outbreak. What are the side effects associated with cortizone ? are there any alternatives ?

Answer: There can be systemic absorption and suppression of the adrenal glands. But, this would take a lot of medication over a lot of skin for a long time. Effectively , there are few risks. Topical caladryl lotion may be effective, but generally steroids are the only effective answer.

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