My mother has suffered with eczema for over 30 years, so we are familiar with prescribed protopics and various other steroid medications provided as an immune suppresser. Doctors prescribe immuno suppressants for excema sufferers because they say that you have a hyperactive immune system. So intead of addressing the reason for the over activity, the doctors prescribed remedy has been to simply suppress the immune system. The result of that type of treatment of excema has not been healing; but rather temporary relief and long term suffering. Because we were experienced in the long term suffering, we were determined not to go that route of treatment when my nieces developed severe excema breakouts in their infancy. We researched the need of the skin and our goal was to restore balance to the immune system, so that it would bring the healing to the body in its healthy function. In two weeks my 3 month old nieces severe excema breakout was totally healed. She is now 2 years old and still excema free. Her older sister, who also suffered with excema breakout in her infancy (75% of her body), has been excema free for four years now. The reason that I speak so much about the second niece is that even after the success of the healing experienced from her older sister, my brother and his wife still chose to go with the doctor prescribed protopic for treatment of her excema breakout. The result was an increase of the excema spreading over her entire body. They gave in to the natural remedy that mine and my sister's research discovered, and the total body excema breakout was healed in two weeks. The key was understanding the need of the skin, feeding it the nourishment it lacked, and in so doing the healing came.
There are several examples on this site of healing from excema as opposed to just temporary relief. You should take a look at them for more insight before you make your decision regarding the protopic. Read the posting left by myself (aunty) under "Eczema-What's My Answer" by Katie. In it, I outline the three points of attack that must be addressed when fighting excema. Also check out page 11 messages posted by Nanners "Homeopathy cured my son" and the "classical homeopathy" postings by 'alex' and 'mp'. Check out the "completely cured of excema" message posted by 'iluvtunes' as well.
DRINK WATER, DECREASE THE SALT AND Sugar
INTAKE, AND EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. Excema skin is severely dehydrated skin. Drinking water not only restores the moisture to the skin, but it also aids in flushing out the harmful toxins that enter the body. The moisture balance in your skin is your skin's protecter against harmful irritants. In excema sufferers your moisture barrier is depleted, making you vulnerable to attack from harmful irritants. Gain an understanding of the skin, its needs, and how it works and your healing will come. What is the overactivity in your immune system? The immune system is the bodies defense (fighter) against harmful bacteria or toxins that enter the body. The points of entrance for harmful bacteria into the body are the ears, eyes, mouth, nose, and skin. The harmful bacteria have bombarded your system and there is a very active fight taking place. Strengthen and restore balance to the good fighters, flush out the harmful toxins or bacteria, rehydrate the skin, identify your allergen (rid it from your environment) and you should find much success.