I've been taking Desonide to treat eczema for a few months and have recently been trying to wean off of it more recently, specifically using petroleum jelly and coconut oil (and Desonide once daily, to start).
Thus far, whenever I try to cut back on the desonide, I experience corticosteroid rebound, which manifests itself as atopic dermatitis / rosacea.
Are there any tips apart from returning to the MD for yet another drug which may cause further dependency?
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on December 23, 2013
at 08:41 PM
I have struggled with eczema my entire life. First, if you live in the northern latitudes, right now it is winter. Unfortunately that is going to make it harder to heal. But in the spring and summer when the sun is out and it gets warmer your skin will have a much better chance at healing. If you spent the winter in Florida your eczema would heal most likely in a few weeks. This is because of Florida's mild temperatures, high humidity and daily sunlight.
Make sure you have a humidifier in your bedroom. I use Vick's warm mist humidifier which is inexpensive. It is very important to keep the humidity of your bedroom at a reasonable level. If you want to go further you can get a humidity gauge. The indoor humidity should be between 40% and 60%. Unfortunately the greater the temperature difference between the indoors and outside the lower the indoor humidity will be. So if you are ok with keeping your indoor temperature in the low sixties that would help keep your bedroom air from drying out.
It is not surprising that upon stopping the corticosteroid your eczema becomes more inflamed. This happens to me as well. This is why I avoid steroids unless I absolutely need them. I think the inflammation should diminish over time after spiking at first.
One thing that really helped me is raw milk (unpasteurized milk). My skin becomes less inflamed a few hours after drinking raw milk. After a few days of drinking it my eczema largely clears up. Here is a recent New York Times article about how raw milk and being around cows in general may clear allergies: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/10/opinion/sunday/a-cure-for-the-allergy-epidemic.html?_r=0
The foods that give me breakouts are: onions, legumes, wheat, red meat raised with antibiotics, farmed salmon and restaurant Chinese food. If you can keep your diet simple that would help. Foods like wild fish, chicken, steamed vegetables, white rice and olive oil are not inflammatory.
I use Lubriderm moisturizer. I'm sure there are other moisturizers that are effective as well.
Another thing that helped me was increasing my body fat. I realized that I got eczema breakouts on areas of my skin with very low body fat underneath. Areas like my forehead, scalp, back of my hands are prone to eczema. When I increased my body fat by eating more these areas became softer, more protected by natural oils, and the condition of my skin improved.
Use an sls-free shampoo like Dr. Bronner's. Sodium lauryl sulfate or sls aggravates skin issues because it dries out the skin.
If you get breakouts on your forehead or scalp try to avoid wearing hats. If you have to wear a helmet, wear a clean t-shirt as a bandana under the helmet to protect your scalp.
When the sun does come out spend time in the middle of the day in the sun. This allows your body to make vitamin D. I have found that 10-20 minutes of relatively strong sun exposure heals my eczema.