The main treatment for eczema sufferers is Steroid Cream. For some people, including myself, for many years this was the only way I could control my eczema. I do still resort to using Steroid Cream when I am having a really bad flare up but fortunately due to my changes in food and life style this is now very, very rare.
Although safe to use, there are a few side effects to the constant use of steroid cream to control eczema. Thinning of the skin is the main one, as the skin becomes thinner this causes it to break more easily when scratched. Also as it becomes thinner, blood vessels start to show more which can give an ageing look. Continued use can also lead to having to use stronger doses to control the eczema.
When the eczema is bad steroid cream is the only real option to get rid of it, so should be used as the pain and suffering can make life miserable for the sufferer. The problem with only using the cream is that you are not getting to the root cause of the problem. I used steroid cream weekly for years my eczema was bad on my legs, arms, neck and face then I would use the cream to clear it up only to find a few days later it would slowly reappear. Those few days in between the cream working and having no eczema, I felt great and would have a buzz about me, only for this to disappear as the eczema re-appeared.
The way I finally got out of this cycle was when I decided that I was going to make a total life style changes –
*EAT AS HEALTHY AS POSSIBLE
*ELIMINATE THE TRIGGERS