I've been out of cortisone cream for my excema for a while now. And suffering as a result. I've cut down on a lot of chemicals in the house, using healthier shampoo options (although I've quit the baking soda thing), laundry and dish detergent. Baking soda and vinegar are used for a lot, and since most of you know me personally, you also know that I "choose" not to clean often. :-)
That's all supposed to help. I could also start an elimination diet, but I can't bring myself to quit eating wheat, corn, milk, eggs, or sugar. There's too more that were suggested but I don't think I have the willpower to even try. And stopping the gardening would definitely help. Excema is a contact thing for me for sure.
Whatever. I finally went to the doctor to renew my prescription. She's a relatively new doctor for me and has never prescribed cortisone for me before. She very happily related the following news to me.
Dr.: It is now safe to use cortisone creams twice a week indefinitely without harm. This is a new finding. That's great news.
Me: Is it safe to use it twice a day for 40 years?
Dr.: No. There are lasting effects for that kind of use, but twice a week has no side effects.
Me: That's great news. But for about 40 years, I've been putting cortisone on my hands and parts of my feet and legs twice a day. So that's helpful for Sunday, but the other six days of the week I will continue to take the risk and hope to stop scratching.
I hope she still shares her good news with other patients, but I wasn't so impressed with it really.