The information provided here is meant to give you a general idea about each of the medications listed below. Only the most general side effects are included, so ask your doctor if you need to take any special precautions. Use each of these medications as recommended by your doctor, or according to the instructions provided. If you have further questions about usage or side effects, contact your doctor.
The following medications may be recommended or prescribed by your doctor to treat eczema. In particular, consult with your doctor before giving any medicine to infants or younger children.
There are many different corticosteroid ointments and creams available in a variety of strengths. In general, ointments are used for dry skin and creams for moist or “oozy” rashes. The following are among the most commonly used corticosteroids:
Corticosteroids are a type of steroid medication used to help relieve swelling, itching, and redness of skin. They are usually used topically as creams or ointments, but can be used orally as pills or even intravenously (into a vein) in extreme rare cases. Carefully follow directions for use, and do not use this medication for longer than prescribed.
Possible side effects include:
Thinning of the skin
Growth suppression in children (with long-term oral prednisone)
These nonsteroidal topical medications are used for the short-term and intermittent or long-term treatment of mild to moderate eczema in patients age two and older. These topicals may be used on all parts of the body, including delicate areas such as your face, neck, and skin folds, where corticosteroids are usually not recommended long-term.
If you develop a bacterial skin infection, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic. These may be given orally, topically, or even intravenously for severe infections requiring hospitalization. The type of drug and dosage will depend on your skin infection.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a