If you eat right and get a little sunshine every day, you shouldn't need to take a multi. Try to eat as many fruits, vegetables, and greens as possible - and get 10-15 minutes of full sun exposure (best source of vitamin D) everyday. A great way to get your fruits and greens is a "green smoothie". Basically you take equal parts fruit (apples, bananas, mangoes, berries, etc.) and greens (spinach, kale, chard, collard greens, etc.), add a little water and/or ice, blend well, and voilà...you've got a great tasting smoothie packed with pretty much every vitamin and mineral known to man. You also get tons of healthy plant fiber, amino acids, phyto-chemicals, and more.
Lots of unsubstantiated alternative eczema therapies are promoted in the press. Be wary of these claims. Miraculous natural cures for eczema often contain crushed cortisone tablets. Evening Primrose oil (or gamolenic acid), flaxseed & omega 3 oils offer no real additional benefit to eczema. Chinese herbal tea extracts have been evaluated but taste unpleasant and may even cause liver toxicity. Recalcitrant eczema on the face may respond to non-steroidal immune-modulator preparations such as Tacrolimus (Protopic) and Pimecrolimus (Elidel) however skin redness may be a temporary side effect. Ultra-violet light therapy treatment has been helpful so get out into the sunshine! There is growing proof that lactobacillus GG probiotics (Reuterina) supplemented in pregnancy, breastfeeding and early in life may reduce eczema in babies by altering their gut immune reactivity.
It is important to use the correct amount of topical steroid for your eczema, as instructed by your healthcare professional. Topical steroids should be applied with clean hands so that the skin just glistens. It can sometimes be difficult to judge how much steroid to use and there are guidelines on the amount required to cover body areas that are affected by eczema. These are based on the Finger Tip Unit (FTU), and explained in detail in our fact sheet which you can download as a pdf from the related documents to the right of this page.