Eczema afflicts many Hong Kong people. In addition to itchy skin that is difficult to stop during the attack, it is easy to turn over. In severe cases, it is more likely to affect daily life and appearance. My daughter was also troubled by eczema before, so she asked Dr. Yang Zhiqiang, a well-received dermatologist, for help, and asked him about his doubts about eczema ointments. Among them, many people were concerned about steroid-containing eczema ointments and treatment methods. Now Let’s share with you too.
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1. WHAT IS ECZEMA?
Dr. Yang: "Eczema is a type of skin inflammation and allergic reaction. There are many causes, many of which are allergic physiques and tendencies of congenital or family inheritance."
2. MANY PEOPLE WORRY THAT THERE ARE STEROIDS IN ECZEMA OINTMENT, BUT IS IT NECESSARY TO USE THIS OINTMENT FOR TREATMENT?
Dr. Yang: "Skin care has multiple steps, one of which is topical steroid ointment, but it also needs to be used to avoid other allergens, such as food allergies or environmental triggers. Therefore, skin care is very important. It is important to use appropriate moisturizers and active moisturizing. The key is to use external steroids if the eczema has not improved after use. Some eczema ointments do have potential side effects, but it does not mean that side effects occur as soon as they are used. In many cases, the amount of medicine used is too heavy or the method is not used. Side effects can only be caused if it is appropriate, and problems with the medication according to the instructions of a registered doctor will rarely occur."
3. IF THERE ARE REALLY SIDE EFFECTS AFTER USING UP THE ECZEMA OINTMENT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Dr. Yang: "Usually, the skin on the areas where steroids are often applied will become thinner and hair will grow out; blood vessels may even appear in some parts of the body, such as the face; people who use heavier medicines and use a lot of medicines may have the chance to cause skin cracks. In addition, many people confuse topical steroids with oral steroids. In fact, the chance of topical steroids staying in the body is very small, so don’t worry too much.”
4. HOW TO USE STEROID ECZEMA OINTMENT PROPERLY?
Dr. Yang: "Eczema is a manifestation of skin inflammation. Many people immediately stop using the eczema ointment after applying it for a little relief. In fact, it seems that the surface has been cured, but the underlying layer is still inflamed, so it must be applied for a longer time. so that the bottom of inflammatory conditions of the skin can be eliminated, do not be afraid steroid cream painted a few days, the best in the affected area appears to have a good return and no itching after multi-coated 2 , 3 days, this is the most thorough cure. "
5. ARE STEROID OINTMENTS SUITABLE FOR ALL PARTS OF THE BODY?
Dr. Yang: "There are many types of topical steroid ointments. The doctor will decide which one to choose according to the condition, age of the patient, and the site of use. For example, you don’t have to worry too much about using steroid eczema ointment on your hands and feet, but you have sensitive skin on your face. It’s tender, so be careful when using ointments. Doctors may first use non-steroid ointments instead.” Although many people advise not to apply eczema ointments indiscriminately on the Internet, it’s more important not to follow folk remedies indiscriminately. Skin problems should be diagnosed by a doctor in time, and even a sensitization test should be performed. Only by prescribing the right medicine can the affected area deteriorate and be cured as soon as possible.