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I went thru hell - eruptions, exfoliation, sleepless nights

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Hi Doc, I have been diagnosed with atopic dermatitis almost a decade back and i have been managing the same since then with Modern medicine ( allopathy). Recently i tried alternative mdedicine, Homeopathy for a concrete solution, but 50 days thru the course, I went thru hell - eruptions, exfoliation, sleepless nights and finally am back with allopathy again. Am on a 40 day taper dose of Methyl prednisolone - started with 16mg per day for 10days, then 12mg perday-10 days, 8mg/10days and finally 4mg/10days.
Am on the end of the third weeekm but my body is slowly showing a few rashes, especially on my face. Am planning to see my doc, but would need your opinion too.
WOuld the current dosage of Methyl prednisolone do any harm when off the drug post thsi course. Am worried whether i would get a relapse - a violent one after this course. What do you say. Kindly guide me

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replied November 22nd, 2010
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Welcome to the forum and I am glad to help you out. Although steroids, are commonly used for the treatment of atopic dermatitis, there are certain other agents also which are used like immune modulator drugs e.g. tacrolimus. These are available in the form of ointments and tend to prevent the recurrence. You can discuss with your dermatologist regarding the right use.

There are certain other non-pharmacological measures which are equally important in treating atopic dermatitis. These are Lubricating the skin frequently, avoiding harsh soaps and cleansers, preventing scratching or rubbing whenever possible, protecting skin from excessive moisture, irritants, and rough clothing, maintaining a cool, stable temperature and consistent humidity levels, limiting exposure to dust, cigarette smoke, pollens, and animal dander & Recognizing and limiting emotional stress. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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