Safety of steroid creams / ointments

Many children suffer with Eczema, which can be mild, moderate or severe. Most cases can be managed by liberal use of moisturisers (Emollients) and avoidance of irritants like soap, bubble bath etc. Severe cases or flare up of eczema, needs steroid creams.

People always worry about use of steroids as inhaler, cream, orally etc. Most of the time, for asthma, eczema, steroids are prescribed for a short duration and are thereby very safe. Steroids only have side effects, when used long term, usually months.

For short term, they should be used in sufficient amount to be effective.  If used properly, the eczema clears up in 5-7 days, thereby it won’t be needed for long.