Many people with mild or moderate eczema are treated with a variety of medications.
When you and your doctor find other treatments don’t work for you, there’s concern about their risks, or you simply can’t tolerate them, there’s steroid-free ELIDEL. It can go anywhere on your skin, including your face. And you can use ELIDEL for repeated courses as directed by your doctor. Even on children as young as two.
ELIDEL targets the key cells involved with eczema right at the site of the problem*. And while there is no cure for eczema, ELIDEL can significantly relieve the itching and redness.
Features of ELIDEL
- ELIDEL can significantly relieve the itching and redness.
- ELIDEL contains no steroids.
- ELIDEL can be used for repeated courses as directed by your doctor.
- ELIDEL is safe to use anywhere on the skin - including the face, neck and around the eyes.
- ELIDEL does not cause certain side effects, such as thinning of the skin, stretch marks, spider veins, or skin discoloration.
- ELIDEL is an odor-free, nongreasy cream, not an ointment; it absorbs quickly and easily.
- ELIDEL shouldn’t stain clothing or sheets.
* The exact mechanism of action of ELIDEL is not known.
ELIDEL controls the ups and downs of mild or moderate eczema
- Eczema symptoms come and go.
- At the first signs or symptoms, you can use ELIDEL to control your eczema.
- Patients have described their first signs and symptoms as a mild itch, a tingling sensation, small bumps or a spot of redness.
- While nothing can get rid of eczema completely, ELIDEL can significantly relieve the itching and redness.
How do I use ELIDEL?
At the first signs or symptoms of a flare-up of mild or moderate eczema:
- Apply ELIDEL, twice daily, to the affected areas.
- Continue ELIDEL treatment until the symptoms go away; if symptoms return, start and stop treatment as directed by your doctor.
- If symptoms don’t improve within six weeks or get worse, see your doctor.
ELIDEL was well tolerated in clinical studies.
The most common side effects are a feeling of warmth or burning where applied; headache; cold-like symptoms, such as sore throat and cough; and rarely, viral skin infection. When using ELIDEL, you should protect your skin from the sun and sun lamps.
What else can I do to care for my skin to avoid flare-ups?
If your doctor prescribes Elidel®, you should find that it helps make your condition more manageable. But since eczema is a chronic condition, you need to take proper care of your skin. Some of the most important things you can do are:
- Moisturize every day.
- Wear cotton or soft fabrics-avoid rough, scratchy fibers and tight clothing.
- Take lukewarm baths and showers, using mild soap or nonsoap cleanser.
- Gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel-don’t rub.
- Apply a moisturizer within three minutes after bathing to “lock in” the moisture.
- When possible, avoid rapid changes of temperature and activities that make you sweat.
- Learn your eczema triggers and avoid them.
- Use a humidifier in dry or cold weather.
- Keep your (and your child’s) fingernails short to help keep scratching from breaking the skin.
- Some people with allergies find it helps to remove carpets from their house, and give pets dander treatments.
- If possible, reduce stress in your life-take a quieter route to work, get a new job, get help around the house, take yoga, or learn to meditate.
Support groups are another good way to help yourself feel better. The National Eczema Association for Science and Education (NEASE) can provide information on groups near you.
Goals and treatments for your eczema.
- Take good care of your skin.
- Minimize itching and redness.
- Control and manage future flare-ups.
If you are diagnosed with eczema, you and your doctor should try to control the condition and improve your symptoms.
Elidel® is a steroid-free treatment that can significantly relieve the symptoms of itching and redness of mild or moderate eczema. Ask your doctor if ELIDEL is right for you.
Revision date: June 18, 2011
Last revised: by Janet A. Staessen, MD, PhD