Topical corticosteroids may cause a mild stinging sensation for less than a minute as you apply them.
In rare cases, they may also cause: Antihistamines are a type of medicine that block the effects of a substance in the blood called histamine.
They can be: If you need to use corticosteroids frequently, see your GP regularly so they can check the treatment is working effectively and you're using the right amount.
Don't be afraid to apply the treatment to affected areas to control your eczema.
If your GP suspects a food allergy, you may be referred to a dietitian (a specialist in diet and nutrition).
They can help to work out a way to avoid the food you're allergic to while ensuring you still get all the nutrition you need.
If your baby has atopic eczema, anti-scratch mittens may stop them scratching their skin.
Keep your nails short and clean to minimise damage to the skin from unintentional scratching.
Alternatively, you may be referred to a hospital specialist such as an immunologist, dermatologist or paediatrician.
If you're breastfeeding a baby with atopic eczema, get medical advice before making any changes to your regular diet.
However, you shouldn't make significant changes to your diet without first speaking to your GP.
It may not be healthy to cut these foods from your diet, especially in young children who need the calcium, calories and protein from these foods.
Don't put your fingers into an emollient pot – use a spoon or pump dispenser instead, as this reduces the risk of infection. If your skin is sore and inflamed, your GP may prescribe a topical corticosteroid (applied directly to your skin), which can reduce the inflammation within a few days.