Medical Q&As

Oral steroids

How do oral steroids work when taken for eczema and are they dangerous?

Oral steroids are used in conjunction with topical creams in the treatment of severe attacks of eczema. They suppress inflammation within the skin thereby allowing healing to take place. Steroids are very safe drugs that are normally taken in short courses. The side effects associated with steroids arise if high doses are taken over many weeks. Such high doses are usually avoided. Oral steroids would generally be reserved for the more severe cases of eczema that have not responded to moisturisers and steroid creams.