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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.
Firstly – if your child has weepy, yellow crusty areas which are more painful than the other areas, this could indicate infection. If you are not sure, ask your nurse or GP. Small areas of infection can be treated with a combination cream which contains antibiotic and topical steroid. The antibiotic kills the germs and the topical steroid calms the inflammation. You can use these treatments for up to 2 weeks one or two times a day. If the infection covers a larger areas or if your child is unwell, they may need a course of oral antibiotics from the doctor.