“ Brand: Boots / Type: Eczema / Dermatitis cream / Dosage Form: Cream „
When I was younger I suffered really badly from eczema until my teens when it eased up and I found eating less dairy really cleared my skin up. I tend to get small annoying patches now and again more so if I'm going through some stress and I usually find some E45 really helps. However, over Christmas I got a rash on my neck that itched like mad and just looked constantly dry and awful. Being stuck at work and all my colleagues noticing left me feeling really conscious and aware of it so I went to Boots on my break to see what could save me!
A girl at work had mentioned the name Hydrocortisone and so I asked the lady behind the pharmacy counter about the cream and she suggested that it would help but not to use it for more than 5 days. It only was available in a small 15g tube for £3.69 so at a small price I was happy to part with my pennies to buy it.
The cream comes in a basic looking white box with the Boots logo against a blue square design. The box explains that it is for the treatment of eczema and dermatitis and that it is 1% Hydrocortisone so it is a rather mild steroid cream. Inside is a small tube with pretty much the same basic design with a white twist on cap with foil coverage which needs piercing to be able to get the cream out.
The cream is a slightly thick white consistency, has the usual slightly chemical smell of a hydrocortisone cream and is easy to apply. At first I squeezed a blob about the size of a 5p coin to my fingertips and rubbed it into my neck. I could instantly feel the soothing relief as my neck no longer itched!
Exercising caution (and following the instructions in the box!) I then applied the cream very thinly on my neck over the next 2-3 days. I found the cream excellent for providing relief from quite harsh eczema (in my opinion) over the christmas period until I could make a doctors appointment for prescribed medication. Whilst it did really ease the itch I have to say it did in time improve the overall appearance of what was looking really hideous and noticeable!
Whilst my neck patch has not yet disappeared 100% it no longer itches and I still have this cream on standby in my handbag as I think it is excellent. As an over the counter remedy for a cheap price it did the job perfectly and I would definitely recommend it.
As a final point there are precautions for this cream - not to be used on broken skin, near eyes, or if pregnant etc so fully read the box or discuss with the pharmacist first.