Topical steroids are available as creams, lotions, gels and ointments; selection of an appropriate product can also provide good moisturization of the skin. The wide spectrum of potencies and bases allows these mediations to be used both effectively and safely while under the care of an experienced physician.
During flares, over-the-counter moisturizing preparations that include a topical corticosteroid (such as clobetasone butyrate and hydrocortisone) are helpful to control inflammation and restore the skin barrier. The intensive use of emollient-based products can reduce the need for topical steroids.
Typically, your doctor will prescribe the use of topical steroids with eczema for ten to fourteen days. You should be seeing some relief in your symptoms within the first few days of use, with complete success near the end of your initial treatment course. However, for some people, after the initial course has completed, there may still be some symptoms. In this situation, your doctor may change you to a different topical steroid, increase the strength of your current prescription, or simply prescribe an additional course of treatment. While needing another course of treatment may be frustrating, by choosing to start with the lowest appropriate dose, your doctor hoped to mitigate any side effects you may have experienced from the topical steroid treatment.
Hi Jane! Yes many doctors don’t believe in this condition… I too have been doing this on my own as well as many others. I’m sorry your going through an intense ooze stage, that’s the absolute worst symptom for me 😔. It will get better though, what you’re doing with letting it air dry is a great idea, I do this as well because it creates a scab for healing to take place. It’s ok to not shower, I didn’t get my feet wet for months at the beginning when it was its worst. And if it becomes too dry, using a thin layer of coconut oil can help to ease it up plus coconut oil is antibacterial. The pain can be more intense at night because our bodies somewhat detox more at night. There’s no real telling about how long it will take to subside, just hang in there! Shoot me an email and I can send you some tips and such for healing! @ ☺️ stay strong warrior! The first 6 months are usually the hardest, you’re almost there & thankfully you didn’t use the medications for a super long time.