Eczema

Order Steroid Cream For Eczema Treatment

Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a skin condition that causes dry, cracked, and itchy skin. At Simple Online Pharmacy, you can request to order prescription dermatitis creams like hydrocortisone and Betnovate.  

We ask that you complete an online medical assessment as part of your order. Our doctors will review this to ensure it is safe and suitable before prescribing any creams. Only people who are currently prescribed topical steroids by their GP can use this service.
The prescription is dispensed from our UK registered pharmacy and delivered to your address via Royal Mail. You can also buy emollients and moisturisers from our online shop.

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Overview

What is eczema?

Eczema is a chronic, inflammatory, and itchy skin condition. It often flares up periodically and then improves. Eczema can affect any part of the body but it is commonly found on the hands, fingers, the back of the knees, and the inside of the elbows. It is more common in children than in adults. 

Eczema symptoms include:

  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Crusting
  • Dryness
  • Cracked skin
  • Repeated scratching of affected areas can cause thickened skin

Sometimes, eczema can lead to bacterial skin infections because the skin is cracked and broken. The skin might start to weep, become sore and swollen, and may form a yellow crust.

Causes

It is thought that a combination of factors cause eczema. The immune system, genes, environmental factors, and other factors all play a role in eczema.  

Eczema causes damage to the skin barrier. This causes water loss from the skin and can cause dryness and itching. The skin may also become more sensitive to irritants and things that cause allergic responses. This may lead to an overreaction from the immune system that causes inflammation of the skin, redness, and itching.

People with a family history of asthma, hay fever, and/or eczema are more likely to develop eczema themselves. The most common type of eczema is atopic eczema. Other types include discoid eczema and contact dermatitis/eczema.

Triggers

Many people with eczema have certain things that can trigger their eczema and cause it to worsen or flare-up. These can vary from person to person and include:

  • Dietary triggers - e.g. milk, soy, egg, peanut, wheat
  • Weather - some people find their symptoms improve in the summer and worsen in the winter
  • Allergens - e.g. pollen, dust mites, pet fur
  • Irritants - changing soaps or detergents can worsen eczema and certain clothing fabric can be irritating to sensitive skin
  • Hormonal triggers - eczema may worsen or improve at different times of the menstrual cycle

Treatments

Emollients

Emollients are products used to moisturise the skin and keep it hydrated. They are important in the management of eczema and should be used often and liberally to reduce the frequency of flare-ups. There are a variety of different emollients available and many different forms exist such as creams, ointments, lotions, and washes. Simple Online Pharmacy offers Aveeno, Doublebase and Dermol emollients, among others.

Steroid creams and ointments

The active ingredients in steroid creams and ointments are a type of steroid called corticosteroids. These are different from anabolic steroids for muscle growth. Steroid creams and ointments are also known as topical steroids or topical corticosteroids. They range from mildly potent to very potent. 

These are applied to the skin to reduce inflammation and other symptoms such as redness and itching. Corticosteroids work by stopping skin cells releasing chemicals that cause inflammation and also constricting blood vessels in the skin.

Topical corticosteroids can be effective but can cause severe side effects if applied to large areas of skin or overused. For this reason, topical corticosteroids are used for short periods of time and should be applied carefully (e.g. only apply a thin layer). People are often advised to use fingertip units when applying the cream. 

Some topical steroid medicines also contain an antibiotic and can be used to treat infected eczema.

The following topical corticosteroids are available from our online doctor service:

FAQ

What is eczema?

Eczema is a long term, inflammatory skin condition which usually has periods when it flares and periods when it clears. It can cause itchy and dry skin and is commonly found on the back of the knees, on the hands, and the inside of the elbows.

What does eczema look like?

Eczema may look different for different people but the skin is often inflamed and can be weepy. In lighter skin, eczema might become red. In darker skin, the inflamed skin might be grey, dark brown, or purple. This page shows a number of photos of eczema in people of different ages.

How do you get eczema?

There is no single cause of eczema. It is thought to involve a combination of factors like genes, environmental factors, and the immune system.

People with a family history of eczema, hayfever, and/or asthma may be more likely to get eczema. There are also trigger factors that may cause eczema flares in some people. Examples of these are certain soaps, certain fabrics, pet fur, and pollen.

Can stress cause eczema?

Stress is thought to be one trigger factor that can exacerbate eczema or cause flares. Eczema can also cause people to feel stressed about their symptoms.

Can you buy steroid creams over the counter?

Some steroid creams can be bought over the counter at pharmacies. This includes Hydrocortisone 1% and Eumovate 0.05% but they can only be purchased after receiving medical advice from a pharmacist. Other corticosteroid creams are prescription-only medicines.  

You can order prescription eczema creams (UK) from our online doctor service. We ask that you complete an online medical questionnaire to enable our doctors to check that it is safe to prescribe. This service is only available to patients already prescribed specific steroid creams by their GP.

Content Reviewed: 19/11/2020

    Fucidin Cream

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    20% xucidin Cream 1 x 15g £11.99
    20% xFucidin Cream 2 x 15g £17.99
    20% xFucidin Cream 1 x 30g £16.99
    20% xFucidin Cream 2 x 30g £27.99

    Eumovate

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    Cream 1 x 30g £11.99
    Eumovate Cream 2 x 30g £19.99
    Eumovate Ointment 1 x 30g £11.99
    Eumovate Ointment 2 x 30g £19.99
    Eumovate Cream 1 x 100g £18.99
    Eumovate Ointment 1 x 100g £18.99

    Betnovate

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    0.1% xCream 1 x 30g £11.99
    0.1% xCream 2 x 30g £18.99
    0.1% xOintment 1 x 30g £11.99
    0.1% xOintment 2 x 30g £18.99

    Fucibet Cream

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    Fucibet Cream 1 x 30g £12.99
    Fucibet Cream 2 x 30g £23.99

    Fucidin H Cream

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    Fucidin H Cream 1 x 30g £12.99
    Fucidin H Cream 1x 60g £23.99

    Hydrocortisone 1%

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    1% Cream x1 x 50g £10.99
    1% Cream x 2 x 50g £19.99
    1% Ointment x 1 x 50g £10.99
    1% Ointment x 2 x 50g £19.99
    1% Cream x1 x 30g £7.99

    Hydrocortisone Ointment & Aveeno Bundle

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    1% xHydrocortisone Ointment 50g & Aveeno Bundle £21.99

    Hydrocortisone Ointment & Cetraben Bundle

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    1% xHydrocortisone Ointment 50g & Cetraben Bundle £24.99

    Betnovate Scalp Application

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    100ml £15.99

    Elocon Scalp Lotion

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    30ml £18.99

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