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.
In using antibiotics to treat rosacea, the physician or dermatologist generally starts with a milder version of an oral antibiotic such as Oracea or Tetracycline and should be tapered off in three to five months but have been found to be prescribed for much longer periods of time. Because bacteria mutate very quickly the initial antibiotic may lose its effectiveness in just a few months. If the symptoms have shown improvement over this time, the decision may be made to switch to a topical antibiotic rather than a stronger oral antibiotic.