I have been on Predisone a few times when I flared up badly. The problem with this drug besides the longterm risks are that when you come off the drug you rebound and flare even worse. My dermatogist in Boston put me on a drug called Cyclosporine which helped clear up immensely. You need to have blood work done before you can take the medication.<quoted text>Hi I would love to hear from you, my husband has been suffering from eczema since he was 5 and now for the past two years (he is 39) this eczema is so bad he's been taking time off of work because his hands, arms and legs are so flared up and raw from scratching he cant move without terrible pain. We've been to three dermatologists and he's contantly on and off prednisone which is not good. Some of his colleagues have recently avoided touching tools etc that he has used because they think he has some contagious disease. He has tried naturopathic doctors (2) as well as diet elimination and nothing works.
I really believe allergies have a large part in eczema. Whether this be food or enviorment you really need to be aware of things that might irratate him.
I would recommend using Protopic ointment twice a day and moisturizers such as Cervae atleast twice a day. protopic is not a steroid and does not ware out the skin barrier. Use free and clear detergents, Mild soaps such as dove and aveeno, and moisturize when your skin is still damp to help take in moisture. I also take Anhistimines before bed due to my allergies which I think helps my eczema.Let me know if you have any questions. Hopefully this helps.