Not a doctor. But I had bad eczema that started on my eyelids. The elidel actually cleared it up in a week… But it was reoccurring (as eczema usually is.) you’re definitely not supposed to use elideal or any steroid cream for long periods of time. My Dr had me use the elidel for 10 days. If it hadnt cleared up by then to come back.
do you know the cause of the eczema? It’s usually triggered by stress, allergies. Atopic eczema is usually caused by contact.
My eyelids were roughed up from allergy season that caused me to rub them and damage the skin. I soon had eczema start up on my inner elbows and a couple of years later on the left side of my neck.
I have what I refer to as the ‘homocidal trio’, which is allergies, asthma and eczema. My SIL is an NP and she told me often when you have two of the three the third shows up.
Eczema is extemely touchy. What worked for me might not work for you; and mine got so much worse before I got it under control.
I tried traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, I saw 6 specialists. Be aware for Doctors to say they don’t know why it happens… It just happens, and there’s nothing you can do.
Ultimately I stripped down my diet for three months – No wheat, No gluten, no soy, no dairy, and no sugar. I did a 7 day juice fast. I think 70% of my diet was dark leafy greens. My naturopath also put me on supplements…
And DH and I made a THC infused coconut oil cream… Which I actually only used on my eyelids and where is the only place the eczema hasn’t retuended since. Of course using Cannibis as a treatment is pretty controversial and I’m not sure if it would even be an avenue you’d be able to try. Now that my other skin is healed (from the infection)… After I have my baby Id like to try it on the other affectEd areas to see if it will have the same result.
I can’t stress enough not to scratch it! Scratching it makes it worse and makes it spread. I scratched my arms so much it caused an infection, which spread through my skin layers. Also, some people on the Internet say use scalding hot water on the affected area because it gives the relief Scraf hing would… Do not do this! It dries it out, and again makes it spread. Warm water only, and moisturize As soon as you can after it’s been wet. Make sure you keep the area clear of any make up or anything that can irritate it. This is unfortunately trial and error… Some people swear by cetrain oils and creams but only you’ll know if they will work for your skin.
After I got the infection under control the only thing that really helped long term was honestly the diet change, and exercise (yoga and cardio).
To this day, I don’t know what caused my eczema as I’ve had allergies my whole life and asthma since I was ten. It showed up when I was 28 and although I have it under control my Dr said to be prepared to deal with it from now on, as it’s likely permanent. 🙁
When saw my derm i had it under control through diet, exercise and a moisturizing regimen that worked for my skin… So he prescribed me lower percentage steroid cream and stressed not to use it more than 2 weeks at a time at most because the steroids thin the skin. Luckily I haven’t had to use them much.
Like I say, eczema can be different for everyone… If you’re lucky and find out what’s causing it, that’s your best option…Good Luck!!