I have eczema on my hands. Not sure what type it is. I've always found over the counter cortisone creams aren't strong enough. I've had various creams prescribed by GPs but the most effective creams have been prescribed by my dermatologist. She prescribes celestone and elocon for me. She's very careful to only prescribe category A creams, even when I'm not pregnant! Cortisone creams are the only thing that stops my itch.
Her advice for me is to:
- avoid all soaps (use QV wash or similar instead)
- moisturise whenever the area gets washed (eg everytime I wash my hands)
- use Neutrogena hand cream (this is great. You can use it on other parts of the body too. Thick & goopy.). I find other gentle moisturisers (like Hamilton) aren't sufficient. I know some people recommend Moogoo
I try not to pop blisters. I find it makes it worse. If you can get a referral to a dermatologist, they are worth it (although hard to get into).
ETA: I've been prescribed Dermaid by gps in the past and I didn't find it worked very well. If you can't see a dermatologist, I'd suggest asking for a different steroid cream. My current cortisone creams bring almost instant relief.
Good luck. Eczema is awful when it's itchy.
Edited by Mamabear2010, 02 February 2013 - 07:30 AM.