Eczema is typically treated with a combination of emollients and steroid creams. Emollients are moisturizing lotions that help prevent skin from drying out. Steroid creams contain corticosteroids. Ointments, lotions and shampoos containing corticosteroids are also available. Corticosteroids help reduce the inflammation associated with eczema and are available in a range of different strengths. The strongest medication is not necessarily the best one for you, as stronger medications can produce more significant side effects. Your doctor will help you to find the most appropriate treatment for the severity of your eczema.
The strength of steroid creams is indicated by potency level. High potency, means high strength. The table below summarises the strength of different corticosteroid creams for the treatment of eczema:
|Corticosteroid||Brand Names||Potency Group|
|Alclometasone dipropionate 0.05%||Aclovate||Low potency|
|Amcinonide 0.1%||Cyclocort, Amcort
|Betamethasone dipropionate 0.05%||Diprosone, Diprolene AF||High potency|
|Betamethasone dipropionate (augmented) 0.05||Diprolene||Super-high potency|
|Betamethasone valerate 0.1%||Beta-Val, Valisone||Lower-mid potency|
|Clobetasol propionate 0.025%||Impoyz||High potency|
|Clobetasol propionate 0.05%||Temovate||Super-high potency|
|Clocortolone pivalate 0.1%
|Desonide 0.05%||DesOwen, Tridesilon||Low potency|
|Desoximetasone 0.05%||Topicort LP||High potency|
|Desoximetasone 0.25%||Topicort||High potency|
|Diflorasone diacetate 0.05%||ApexiCon, Florone||High potency|
|Fluocinolone acetonide 0.01%||Synalar||Low potency|
|Fluocinolone acetonide 0.025%||Synalar||Lower-mid potency|
|Fluocinonide 0.05%||Lidex||High potency|
|Fluocinonide 0.1%||Vanos||Super-high potency
|Flurandrenolide 0.05%||Cordran||Lower-mid potency|
|Fluticasone propionate 0.05%||Cutivate||Lower-mid potency|
|Halobetasol propionate 0.05%||Ultravate||Super-high potency|
|Hydrocortisone 1%||Nutracort, Cortaid, Cortizone 10||Lowest potency|
|Hydrocortisone 2.5%||Hytone||Lowest potency|
|Hydrocortisone acetate 2.5%||MiCort-HC||Lowest potency|
|Hydrocortisone butyrate 0.1%||Locoid, Locoid Lipocream||Lower-mid potency|
|Hydrocortisone probutate 0.1%||Pandel||Lower-mid potency|
|Hydrocortisone valerate 0.2%||Westcort||Lower-mid potency|
|Mometasone furoate 0.1%||Elocon||Medium-potency|
|Prednicarbate 0.1%||Dermatop||Lower-mid potency|
|Triamcinolone acetonide 0.025%||Kenalog, Aristocort||Low potency|
|Triamcinolone acetonide 0.1%||Kenalog, Triderm||Medium-potency|
|Triamcinolone acetonide 0.5%||Aristocort HP, Kenalog, Triderm||High potency|
If you do not experience improvement after 3-4 weeks of treatment with your eczema cream, it may not be strong enough. You should then return to your doctor, as they may be able to prescribe a stronger alternative.
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