I had bad eczema as a child, and occasionally have flare-ups. I used to have it most prominently on the crooks of my elbows and the back of my knees. I was prescribed this Eumovate cream for this eczema, though I understand it can also be used to treat dermatitis.
The cream is available in a pretty small tube (15g) and is applied to skin topically. It can't be applied to broken skin, or on the genitals, face or between the toes.
The cream contains hydrocortisone, which is a kind of steroid and should not be used very much, as it could cause side-effects. But for minor use on non-broken skin there shouldn't be any side-effects. You can't use this cream with any other steroidal treatment. Here are the other ingredients:
Ingredients (from boots.co.uk):
Other ingredients: Glycerol, Glycerol Monostearate, Cetostearyl Alcohol, Beeswax substitute 6621, Arlacel 165, Dimeticone 20, Chlorocresol, Sodium citrate, Citric acid monohydrate and purified water.
The cream itself is clear-ish, and doesn't really smell of anything. It's fairly thick, and can take a while to absorb into the skin -even dry skin. So probably best to do this before you put on clothes, in case it stains them.
I've used this very sparingly since I was a child (not the same tube, obviously). It's always managed to clear up any flares of eczema I had, with no adverse effects.
I got it free on prescription, but it's available to buy over the counter from Boots for the price of £6.29.
I actually get Eumovate free on prescription for my daughter as she is prone to eczema and psoriasis. This is a cream which contains hydrocortisone cream, and as such, it must only be used as directed and with care. I mainly use this on the crooks of my daughter''s elbows where the skin is very red and inflamed and it can even split and crack if it gets very bad. You must never use this cream if your sin is broken eve just a small amount and it is really important to use sparingly and not over a long period of time. I keep our tube in the top of the fridge as this way if Sarahs eczema is really playing up, it feels more soothing on her skin if it is applied when it is really very cold. It is quite a thick white cream and it is absorbed really quickly. It does have a very slight fragrance though noting overly medicinal. Usually after about three days the worse of the eczema has one and then I go on to use Aveeno cream for the duration. I have gone through many tubes of this cram in my house and I really wouldn''t be without it - highly recommended.
After suffering with my eczema for almost a year, and getting fed up with regular visits to my pretty useless doctor's surgery I googled my problem and came up with this little cream. I read a lot of good reviews about it and couldn't order it fast enough.
As soon as it arrived I felt a little disappointed. It is quite a small tube, not what I was expecting at all for the price (about £5.50) but I soon realised that very small amounts of this cream are needed to really make a difference to cracked, itchy red flare ups. It is a miracle cream. It is a mild steroid cream (which is why it can be purchased over the counter) so should not be used for long periods of time and should be applied sparingly. It should not be used on the face, as skin is thinner there and steroid creams over time thin skin even more.
As soon as I applied this cream to the area I was affected (my hands) the itchiness subsided. My flare up was gone within four days and I still had plenty of cream left for my next flare up. The cream doesn't really have a smell and is rich rather than greasy.
I have found storing this in the fridge can help as it really calms down itchy skin.
Eumovate is the cream I use when I get a few spots that appear like a rash on my forehead, these out breaks are very rare, maybe once or twice a year and seem to occur either when I'm run down or have switched to a hair care product that does not agree with me and I get an eczema like rash that looks like a cluster of a few red angry spots, I find this cream to be very fast working and usually clears the problem up within a day or at most two of applying the cream to the affected area both morning and night.
It comes in a white 15g tube and can be bought over the counter however mine was prescribed to me by my doctor. Before use you have to perforate the metal seal and you do this by reversing the white cap and pressing down on the seal, there is a short spike in the lid that will breach the seal.
The cream inside is white and smells slightly medicinal, it absorbs into my skin very quickly and is slightly greasy but once it has absorbed fully and I have washed my hands there is no trace left. As I have said for me it is very fast acting and has always cleared up the problem in under 48 hours. It is only recommended for those over 12 and should only be used for a maxiumu of 7 days in a row, if the symproms still exist then you should see your doctor.
The active ingredients are clobetasone butyrate 0.05% and reading from the label it also contains gylcerol, glycerol monostearate, cetostearyl alcohol, beeswax substitute 6621, arlacel 165, dimethicone 20, chlorocresol, sodium citrate, citric acid, monoyhdrate and purified water. It is amde by Glaxosmithcline.
My husband has always suffered with eczema, though thankfully not to the extent he used to (his eye lids would split when he opened his eyes in the winter), but finding that whilst some areas have improved with time, he seems to have developed sites of dry skin in new places, his neck being the worst area.
After deciding that his usual form of treatment was no longer working, I found myself going to my local Asda pharmacy for some advice on what to get for him, with the cream I will now review for you being the one.
The cream in question is - "Eumovate eczema and dermatitis cream".
This particular cream comes in a very small tube, containing 15g of product, which after the first time I saw it, seemed an expensive buy for not much return, though after he started using it proved me completely wrong!
This cream is marketed for treatment of itchy, red and dry skin, and is not meant for a long term solution to your skin condition, but more a cream to moisturise and bring down any inflammation, whilst trying to combat any itchiness associated with such conditions.
Like so many other of these types of creams this contains a very small amount of steroid (0.05%), which if used extensively and over a long period of time will thin the skin, so even though this is available over the counter, you will probably get the third degree when trying to buy it, I know I do every time I have purchased a tube!
Directions for use are that this cream should be applied thinly to the affected area twice daily, and only for up to 7 days, after which if the symptoms still persist you should seek the advice of your doctor, though trying to get my hubby to see the doctor is like purgatory!
The cream itself looks and smells like a thick white aqueous cream, though only a very small amount is needed on the affected area, with a decent aqueous cream being used on the dry skin surrounding.
Once applied my husband says his neck feels much better, not so itchy (though some itchiness when the initial flare up takes place, still persists, so he does have to take care not keep scratching before it can do it's stuff), and generally less tight, which of course is how really dry skin can present itself.
I have never before suffered with a reoccurring skin condition, but a few weeks ago my neck flared up feeling tight and dry, with it eventually spreading to the top of my chest, becoming rather unsightly into the bargain, so my husband suggested using some of this to see if it would help.
After the first application my skin felt immediately better, much less irritated and tight, though the dry skin remained as rough.
After a couple of days I felt that I didn't need to apply the cream anymore, but due to the fact that the dry skin was still very rough to the touch and seemed to be very visible in dark patches, was able to use a gentle exfoliant and my skin seemed as good as before.
Price wise this is fairly expensive, costing around the £6.00 mark, though this is a cream that can be used very sparingly and a tube would last my husband for a good few months, though of course not with daily use!
This really is an effective cream that I have no problem recommending.
Thanks for reading x
~ Eumovate ~
My seven year old son has suffered with eczema since he was about a month or so old. We were back and forth the doctors pretty much every week and there wasn't a period of time I can remember his skin being totally clear.
Considering quite how bad his skin actually was, he barely cried. It was like he was used to it and it didn't bother him. He has always been really good with the not scratching and no rubbing his skin whilst awake but in the night he would scratch so much he would be covered in blood in the morning and no matter what creams and lotions the doctor prescribed for him, they made no difference at all. Some of the creams even made his skin worse and he would end up blistered or red raw, so everything was trial and error to begin with, even the lotions for the bath, because some would make his skin go bright red and sore looking as soon as he came out of the bath.
After going through loads of different treatments with the doctor, I was in Boots one day and came across a box of eumobase, this is the non steroid version of eumovate so I grabbed a box and applied it to my sons cheeks as soon as we got home. It came in a little tube exactly like the eumovate and miraculously this cream worked wonders on clearing up the inflamed patches he already had.
I phoned the doctors and made an appointment for a few days time and the doctor was shocked at the vast improvement in my sons skin.
He said that whilst the eumobase was helping moisturise his skin it wouldn't clear the eczema totally as there was no steroid. I was already aware of this so was quite pleased when he prescribed the steriod from of the cream Eumovate.
Other steroid creams hadn't helped in any way what so ever, neither had any other moisturises such as diprobase etc.. I carried on with the eumobase but also applied the eumovate cream and his skin improved so much even after 3 days of use. I was applying it twice maybe three times a day to begin with and when the initial infection or cracks had healed I was only then applying the eumovate maybe once a week, if his skin started to flare up. The eumobase however kept his skin supple in the meanwhile.
Nowdays the skin on his face is pretty much clear all of the time, he may get the odd patch now and again but his hands still suffer. But a quick application of the eumovate clears it up straight away.
My grandmother also suffers with eczema on the back of her legs and she had tried so many different creams and then when she seen my sons skin and asked how it was so clear I mentioned eumovate and she has used it since.
Eumovate is available on prescription but can also be bought in pharmacies and places such as boots. It costs £6.70 for a 15g tube in Boots and in my opinion it is worth every penny.
If I had photo's of my son through the few days I started with this cream I would show you the proof of how great this cream is but alas I don't so you will have to take my word.
Taken from Boots.com
Eumovate Eczema & Dermatitis 0.05% Cream - for itchy, red, dry skin. To clear flare-up and break the itch-scratch cycle of eczema and dermatitis. Contains Clobetasone butyrate 0.05% w/w.
It does say on the site suitable for adults and children over 12 years. I had the cream off my doctor to begin with so I would get a doctors advice before applying it to a childs skin.
After checking on the Boots site I have also found they no longer have Eumobase, it is now called Eumocream and it does say new! I am thinking that it is the same stuff but I may be wrong. I have had a quick look at the ingredients for both and they look pretty much the same.
I would use them both together for the full effect.
Eumovate is a stinky white (ish) cream that has quite a thick consistancy. Follow the instructions as this tells you how much to use. Usually based on how many fingertips of cream is needed for different parts of the body. A little does go a long way and it needs to be quite thinly spread.
I have suffered from Eczema for many years now and most of the time it is easily controllable with Hydrocortisone cream. Occasionally I have a really bad flare up and Hydrocortisone just won't clear it properly and I have to use Eumovate cream as well to clear it up.
Eumovate is a cream for Eczema and Dermatitis, and I also use it for hives and rashes when I get food allergy reactions. I have found it to work very well, and it soothes itches instantly, which is a brilliant relief, literally! Usually Eumovate calms the majority of a rash or breakout within a couple of hours, and a couple of applications clears it right up and my skin is back to normal again.
The cream is quite thick, and it has a slight oily texture to it, which makes it easy to spread on to the skin. A tube usually lasts me about 6 months, but I do not have to use it very often. When I do need to use it, I do have to use quite a bit, but this is because I get rashes on my whole back, my upper arms and at the back of my knees. I tend to have to use about 3 - 4 applications over a 24 hour period to completley clear my skin back up. The cream soaks into the skin quite quickly, and is clear so if you get it on your clothes there is no worries about staining.
This cream is available on prescription, and it is also available over the counter in pharmacies and is available in most Boots and Superdrug stores. A tube will usually cost you around £4 depending on where you buy it. If you suffer from Eczema, Dermatitis or severely dry skin problems, this is a cream you should have stocked up in your house at all times!
I totally recommend this cream, as I find it really works and is something I could not be without now.
Having tried numerous creams and all kinds of treatments for my severe eczema all over my body, I was finally prescribed the steroid cream 'eumovate'. This is the only cream that has ever worked for me; it cleared the years of eczema from my face and body within a matter of a week.
Ofcourse, being a steroid cream, I had been warned that in the long term it would not be good, and therefore it was something I should stop using, but I found that when I stopped using it, my eczema came back. So I continued to use it over two or three years, and then again I was told by my doctor that I really should stop, so this time I did, and some eczema came back, but only in certain areas, so now I use this cream once every few weeks just to clear up some areas, and them I'm good for about a week or so, before it becomes dry again, but I still only use the cream once every few weeks, or if I'm going out somewhere special.
I've noticed on the leaflet, that comes with the cream, that it is not allowed to be used on the face, due to skin thinning. If you have eczema on your face, go to your doctor and they should prescribe you a steroid cream to use on your face that is safer, and I've tried that and it also works, I think it's called 'hydrocortisone'. So that's what I now use on my face.
Overall a good product for sufferers of eczema. Since my eczema cleared I've been a much more confident person, and I owe that to 'eumovate'. You don't have to have a prescription anymore to get it. Just be aware of the side effects, don't use on your face, and always read the leaflet first!
Having suffered with eczema since childhood, I was extremely glad when I discovered this cream, as my usual method of treating any flare ups with Vaseline didn't work very well.
The tube is about 6 inches in size, and is easily opened using the sharp point of the cap. The cream comes out smoothly and evenly, and when replaced, the cap does not leak.
The cream itself is quite thick and has a very distinctive "mediciney" smell. As per the included instructions, you only need to use a very small amount, as the amount you can squeeze onto one fingertip will cover an area the size of your palm. The cream should not be used on the face, or in between the fingers or toes without direct instruction from your doctor.
The cream is a little waterproof, and will stay on the skin even after being exposed to a decent amount of water. It takes a while to sink into the skin, and will stay as a protective barrier on the skin for about 15-30 minutes depending on how thick you applied it.
Even after just one application I saw results. The intense itching stopped about 5 minutes after I applied the cream, and the scaling and redness were notably reduced after 24 hours. I usually found that a patch of eczema treated with Eumovate would disappear within 3-5 days of use.
It should be noted though, that this is a steriod cream, and therefore should not be used for prolonged periods, as it can lead to thinning of the skin. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.