Transdermal patches can be a very precise time released method of delivering a drug. Cutting a patch in half might affect the dose delivered. The release of the active component from a transdermal delivery system (patch) may be controlled by diffusion through the adhesive which covers the whole patch, by diffusion through a membrane which may only have adhesive on the patch rim or drug release may be controlled by release from a polymer matrix. Cutting a patch might cause rapid dehydration of the base of the medicine and affect the rate of diffusion.
Lots of unsubstantiated alternative eczema therapies are promoted in the press. Be wary of these claims. Miraculous natural cures for eczema often contain crushed cortisone tablets. Evening Primrose oil (or gamolenic acid), flaxseed & omega 3 oils offer no real additional benefit to eczema. Chinese herbal tea extracts have been evaluated but taste unpleasant and may even cause liver toxicity. Recalcitrant eczema on the face may respond to non-steroidal immune-modulator preparations such as Tacrolimus (Protopic) and Pimecrolimus (Elidel) however skin redness may be a temporary side effect. Ultra-violet light therapy treatment has been helpful so get out into the sunshine! There is growing proof that lactobacillus GG probiotics (Reuterina) supplemented in pregnancy, breastfeeding and early in life may reduce eczema in babies by altering their gut immune reactivity.
Hi I’m 25 I have had lip eczema since 12 years old and face eczema since 20 years old. My Lip eczema being moderate and face eczema mild. However this year my face eczema began to flare up. I live in Miami which everyone should know very hot and humid. I should be very oily all year round but I’m just dry, generally in my t-zone. I smoked cigarettes from 16 years old to about 22 years old never thinking anything of it until this year when I experienced a bit of dermatitis and eventually scaling, redness, and itchy eczema. I cannot even wear makeup because it ends up flaking and falling off. For my lip eczema I was given from my dermatologist desonide for the swelling and also a lip balm from Dr. Dan corti balm, which has been like the smallest bit of heaven. Granted the scaling on my lips had not gone away they are always peeling although this has been the best relief I have received thus far. For my face eczema I have been using elidel for about 4 days now twice daily. What I like about this cream is that it’s not a steroid therefore it will not thin out my skin as it is already very thin and flakey. I also use the cetaphil moisturizer in combination with their facial wash when I’m very dry. As for my diet I have always eaten processed foods, spicy foods, and anything that was junk food. About 3 months ago I started dieting and eating fruits, veggies, and salads to reduce any allergic reactions or flare ups. I’m going to post back in a few days to advise everyone of my progress with elidel. God bless you guys!