Reactions to Steroid Ointment for Eczema

Updated on May 01, 2009
S.W. asks from New York, NY
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My 5mo daughter has eczema on her face, our pediatrician prescribed aclovate ointment - Alclometasone Dipropionate (.05%). Has anyone had experience with this treatment, any side effects or scarring?

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A.H.

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Try it and see how it works on her. Every cream is different on every person. I use Vaseline at night.. and it works like magic. Good luck

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P.C.

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I don't have experience with that particular medication, but when my daughter had a bad case of eczema on her face, her Dr. told me to go out and purchase and over the counter steriod cream at 5% strength. But there is no brand on the market that we could find with that strength, so I asked the pharmacist if I could mix the 1% strength with her Baby Aveeno moisturizer and that worked just great. I was told to use it once a day for 5 days and all cleared and she never got it again.
Hope all turns out ok for your baby!

P.S. The real side effects from steroid use is usually from long term use over months and months and is usually from the oral medications more than the topical, but some medication is still absorbed internally.
Use for such a short, intermittent amount of time, there shouldn't be any side effects, but if you see or notice any kinds of changes, call your Dr. and check with him.

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J.L.

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Hi S., my son also has a really bad eczema patch on his face and his doc prescribed a topical steroid called elocon for him that he wanted me to mix with Aquafor and it cleared it up right away. The only problem is that when I recently took him to an allergist he told me to immediately stop putting the steroid on his face because it might be too harsh even in it's diluted state. I don't know anything about the ointment your pediatrician prescribed but you might think about checking with a dermatologist or an allergist just to make sure it's safe for the face. Good luck!

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E.S.

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My son also has eczema, and our dermatologist prescribed aclovate. My son has been using it, as needed, since he was one years old (he is now 3.) His face got better instantly, and thankfully he gets fewer flare-ups as he gets older, mostly in areas where sweat accumlates (crease of elbows, back of knees, etc) Now I use it on him when he is having a bad flare-up and it works very fast. Never had any side effects from the ointment. I find because my son scratches so much, the site can be raw and the ointment may burn but its just temporary... I also try to keep his skin as hydrated as possible (dryness can cause eczema) by using cetaphil cream, i bathe him 4-5 times a week for short periods of time (water is drying to skin) and I only use nonallegergenic, no perfume/dye products on him (dove unscented soap for bath, dreft detergent, no dryer sheets for his laundry) Hope this helps...........

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E.S.

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Hi, my name is E. and I don't have any experience w/ this steroid cream but I do know that Renew lotion works wonders for wczema. It is nontoxic and I know that it is proven to heal eczema. The company that I work w/ does sell it. If you are interested in the company, please contact me ###-###-#### or e-mail [email protected]____.com www.livetotalwellness.com

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C.G.

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I personelly was afraid to use a prescription cream on my son - I had great success switching my home to Melaleuca products- the Renew cream, Baby Wash and laundry detergent - cleared him up in days - that was two years ago. And we haven't had a flair up or needed a DR.s appointment since for anything - you should check the company out.
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J.W.

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S.,
Have you explored why she has eczema on her face? Many years ago when my youngest daughter had eczema on her face as a breastfed newborn, I removed cow's milk from my diet and her face cleared up without any other treatment. At the age of 28, my daughter's skin still reacts when she has cow's milk.

C.O.

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S. - I'm not sure if you've ever heard of Arbonne International but we are a health and wellness company that has all pure safe and beneficial products. Arbonne Baby Care is a fantastic line of products, and our Baby Oil is known for curing ezcema. It contains no mineral oil, but essential oils instead which help to treat the skin, rather than aggravate the skin. I've personally had clients who have had better results with this product, over prescription medications.

If you have any interest I can help as I am an Independent Consultant with Arbonne. Feel free to contact me directly.

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K.B.

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My son has used it both on his face and arms with no reaction at all. Although I did use it extremely sparingly and only as I felt he needed it (prob less than directed). Work rather quickly too. Still use it 4 years later! Good luck!

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M.G.

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the aclovate never worked for my son (neither did any of the other hundreds of ointments the pediatrician gave us). i suggest getting to a pediatric dermatologist (i'd recommend Dr. Helen Shin at Hackensack University Medical--it takes a while to get an appt. but it's worth the wait). the pediatricians don't really know how to properly handle it and the dermatologist will make sure you're using the right amount and dosage of medicine. (we found out that one doctor had my son on something that was about 5 times too strong for him).

as for the scarring, as far as i understand, that's only a concern after years of repeated use, but again, you want to make sure you're using the right strength and dosage.

another thing to keep in mind is that eczema is often an indicator of food allergies, so be on the lookout when it comes time to try milk, eggs, etc.

hope this helps.

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Z.F.

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The link below is to a webmd site that addresses ezcema issues. Be sure to scroll down the page to other articles related to this chronic problem.
There may be lots of other things to use besides steroids (I have used topical steroids all my life for a bad case of ezcema and the skin on the areas I used it is very leathery and bleached).
If the rash is bad I would recommend what another poster said - and that is to use it for a short while then cut it with a non-steroid like Aveeno with less and less of the steroid.

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/eczema/...

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K.T.

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We use the same ointment on my son for his eczema and other allergic conditions. We like the stuff and have been using it for over a year, on and off. It clears up and skin problem usually overnight. We've never had a problem. The dermo first had us use it for 2 weeks, everyday, 2-3 times/day and then move down to 2 days a week and now we only use it as needed. we've never seen any side effects or scarring. It's greasy, so just make sure you don't get it on clothes.
let me know if you have any questions.

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