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Eczema - cream options

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Feb 10, 2013
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You need to change doctors. Mine gave me cream at 0.5 % strength that I only use for the initial flare up.
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kookzy wrote: This is an interesting article about too much hygiene:
I was hoping it would be this but alas doesn't work for me. I very sparingly use soap (it isn't really necessary unless you're covered in filth and/or oil/grease- sweat just rinses off) and take cool/cold showers depending on time of year. Can't say it's helped.
Cream rises to the top. So does scum.
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Feb 23, 2007
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Blanche123 wrote: Face is entirely another matter than body. Hydrocortisone cream will thin skin - and facial skin, particularly around eyes is thin to begin with, and then you have people (like me) who were born with very thin skin so we have to be extra careful. And even those who can use Hydrocortisone cream should only do so for 7 days maximum. BUT OTC Hydrocortisone is only available in 1% strength - which is too strong for the face. Hydrocortisone .5% is available but only by prescription - and again must be used very sparingly. Same with steroid creams - particularly around the eyes. I of course can't use either.
Not true. Hydrocortisone 0.5 and 1 are both available without prescription. ... derm-Cream
Before sometime in 2014, only 0.5% was OTC. Now 1% is also OTC.
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I used to have bad eczema, until I cut out most wheat/bread.
I found that castor oil used sparingly helps almost as good as cortisone on flare ups.
Tea Tree oil can work too, but not if you have open sores on the site