I’m not a fan of steroid ointments. I was initially prescribed Triamcinolone Acetonide. I was told to rub this on the eczema on my hands. I got a huge jar of it. It looks like Vaseline.
I was also prescribed Desonide ointment, a less intense steroid ointment that was to be used on more delicate parts of my body, such as my face (are my hands not delicate?).
Both the Triamcinolone Acetonide and the Desonide were prescribed by my allergist.
I had a flare-up recently so I visited my primary care physician and she prescribed me Betamethasone Valerate, another topical steroid.
What is up with all of the steroid prescriptions? The ointments never fully eliminated my problems — they helped for a little bit, but it always took a long time for improvement to be visible.
Another bad thing about steroids is that they thin your skin. Definitely not a good thing.
These ointments were to be applied immediately preceding a wet wrap application. At first, it seemed as though the ointment was working, but in the long run, my rashes came back.
Are you currently using steroid ointments? Are they working?