It is important to use the correct amount of topical steroid for your eczema, as instructed by your healthcare professional. Topical steroids should be applied with clean hands so that the skin just glistens. It can sometimes be difficult to judge how much steroid to use and there are guidelines on the amount required to cover body areas that are affected by eczema. These are based on the Finger Tip Unit (FTU), and explained in detail in our fact sheet which you can download as a pdf from the related documents to the right of this page.
With such dangerous side effects, it is no wonder people look for alternatives to steroid creams for skin inflammation and rashes. If you are one of them, you can follow these suggestions: moisturize the skin, use cold compresses, make sure you don’t scratch the affected area, and use a humidifier . Use only mild cleansers or soaps on the areas and wear natural fabrics like cotton. If you have an outbreak, alternatives to steroid creams for eczema include the application of chamomile or witch hazel on the area, and also taking antihistamines.