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Here is a list of some of the dos and don'ts when it comes to managing eczema.

Bathe or Use Wet Compresses to Help Ease Itching3
Some patients may decide to try treatments such as vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements or enriched diets, although their effectiveness is not known.3
Moisturizing several times a day with an effective moisturizer helps to improve the hydration levels of the skin. Moisturizer should be applied to the hands every time they are in contact with water.2
Shower or Bathe Daily
Make sure that you shower or bathe at least one time per day. Use warm, NOT hot water for at least 10 to 15 minutes.2
Use Mild, Non-Soap Cleansers
During a flare-up, you may choose to limit the use of cleansers to avoid possible irritations.2
Wear Sunscreen on a Regular Basis
Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Sunscreens made for the face are often less irritating than regular sunscreens. Zinc oxide or titanium dioxide-based products are often less irritating.2
Wear Clothing that Promotes Air Flow to Your Skin
Promoting air flow to the skin is important. You may want to try open-weave, loose-fitting, cotton-blend clothing.2
Scratch or Rub the Skin
Scratching or rubbing the skin may serve to worsen any itch. Instead, apply a moisturizer whenever the skin feels dry or itchy. A cool gel pack may also help.2
Get Too Much Sun
It is important to avoid getting too much sun and/or sunburned.
Use Scented Soaps or Detergents
Scented soaps and/or laundry detergents and fabric softeners may contribute to skin irritation.3
Wear New Clothes Without First Washing
New clothes may contain excess dye and/or fabric finishers that often cause skin irritation.3

Important Tips to Remember:

  • You should use ELIDEL Cream exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
  • You should use ELIDEL Cream only on areas of skin that have eczema.
  • You should use ELIDEL Cream for short periods, and if needed, treatment may be repeated with breaks in between.
  • You should stop ELIDEL Cream when the signs and symptoms of eczema, such as itching, rash, and redness go away, or as directed by the physician.
  • You should follow your physician's advice if symptoms of eczema return after a treatment with ELIDEL Cream.
  • You should contact your physician if:
    • - your symptoms get worse with ELIDEL Cream
    • - you get a skin infection
    • - you have burning on your skin that is severe or lasts for more than one week
    • - you have eye irritation that does not go away
    • - your symptoms do not improve after 6 weeks of treatment

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ELIDEL (pimecrolimus) cream, 1% is a prescription medicine used on the skin (topical) to treat eczema (atopic dermatitis). ELIDEL Cream is for adults and children ages 2 years and older who do not have a weakened immune system. ELIDEL Cream is used on the skin for short periods, and if needed, treatment may be repeated with breaks in between. ELIDEL Cream is for use after other prescription medicines have not worked for you or if your doctor recommends that other prescription medicines should not be used.


What's the most important information I need to know about ELIDEL?

ELIDEL Cream may cause serious side effects. It is not known if ELIDEL Cream is safe to use for a long period of time. A very small number of people who have used ELIDEL Cream have gotten cancer (for example, skin cancer or lymphoma). But a link that ELIDEL Cream use caused these cancers has not been shown. Because of this concern: