My skin had to be completely clear before I was put on the Chinese herbal tea. After taking the steroids and before taking the tea I had to take four packets of Chinese herbal granules a day in order to see if I was suited to the treatment, which I was. My skin cleared completely and I started taking the tea. The eczema started to come back in a few patches but it was found that I wasn’t on the right dose. I was taking less than I should. The dose was put up to four tea bags. Again it started to come back all over my body but it was just dry patches. The rawness was on my arms.
Some people have frequent flare-ups of eczema. For example, a flare-up may subside well with topical steroid therapy. But then, within a few weeks, a flare-up returns. In this situation, one option that might help is to apply steroid cream on the usual sites of flare-ups for two days every week. This is often called weekend therapy. This aims to prevent a flare-up from occurring. In the long run, it can mean that the total amount of topical steroid used is less than if each flare-up were treated as and when it occurred. You may wish to discuss this option with your doctor.
It is important to use the correct amount of topical steroid for your eczema, as instructed by your healthcare professional. Topical steroids should be applied with clean hands so that the skin just glistens. It can sometimes be difficult to judge how much steroid to use and there are guidelines on the amount required to cover body areas that are affected by eczema. These are based on the Finger Tip Unit (FTU), and explained in detail in our fact sheet which you can download as a pdf from the related documents to the right of this page.