Elidel is a cream that helps the skin to heal and repair. It contains two active ingredients, calcipotriol and betamethasone dipropionate. The active ingredient, calcipotriol, may be used to treat various skin conditions including vitiligo and psoriasis.
How does Elidel cream work for vitiligo treatment?
Elidel cream is a prescription medication that is used to treat the vitiligo and other similar conditions. Elidel cream works by stopping the immune system from attacking the pigment cells. This can help to prevent further pigment loss and may even help to restore some of the lost pigment. Elidel cream is typically used for a period of time until the vitiligo has stabilized, at which point other treatments may be used to try to restore pigment to the affected areas.
Step by step guide on how to use Elidel cream for vitiligo treatment.
Elidel cream is a topical cream that is used to treat various skin conditions, including vitiligo. The active ingredient in Elidel cream is pimecrolimus, which is an immunosuppressant. Elidel cream works by inhibiting the proliferation of certain immune cells that are involved in the development of vitiligo.
To use Elidel cream for vitiligo treatment, follow these steps:
1. Wash the affected area with mild soap and water.
2. Apply a thin layer of Elidel cream to the affected area twice daily.
3. Rub the cream into the skin until it is absorbed.
4. Do not wash the treated area for at least two hours after applying the cream.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 every day until your vitiligo starts to improve.
You should use Elidel according to the instructions your doctor gives you.
Some common questions and answers about Elidel cream
How often Elidel cream can be used?
This depends on the severity of your vitiligo and how well you tolerate the cream. For mild vitiligo, you may only need to use the cream once a day. For more severe vitiligo, you may need to use it up to three times a day. Be sure to follow the directions on the label carefully and talk to your doctor if you have any questions.
Can I apply Elidel to my face? If so, can I use other face creams with Elidel?
Yes, you can apply Elidel to your face. And you may be able to use a moisturizer in combination with the drug.
When you apply Elidel to your face (or the rest of your body), put the medication only on areas of skin that have eczema. You should avoid getting Elidel cream in your eyes, mouth, and nose.
If you’d like to use another face cream during your Elidel treatment, be sure to talk with your doctor first. They can advise you on which products are safe to use with Elidel cream. If your doctor recommends a moisturizer, you should apply it after using Elidel.
It’s also important to avoid exposing areas treated with Elidel to sunlight or artificial sunlight (such as a tanning bed). Talk with your doctor about sunscreen to protect your skin while you’re using Elidel cream.
What are the side effects of Elidel cream?
Elidel cream is a prescription medication used to treat eczema (atopic dermatitis). It is not known if Elidel cream is safe and effective in children younger than 2 years of age.
Common side effects of Elidel cream may include:
- burning, or stinging sensation at the application site,
- skin dryness, cracking, or peeling, or
- mild skin irritation.
Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Elidel cream including: severe burning, stinging, or itching of the treated skin; redness or swelling of the treated skin; crusting or oozing of the treated skin; or worsening of your eczema.
Side effects in children
There were rare reports of skin warts in children given Elidel in clinical studies. Skin warts weren’t reported in adults who used Elidel. In most cases, the warts were treatable.
If your child has warts that won’t go away or get worse over time, their doctor will likely recommend they stop using Elidel. They may have your child use Elidel again once the skin warts are treated and go away.
Burning feeling where you apply the cream
It’s possible to feel burning when you apply Elidel. This was the most common side effect reported in clinical studies.
Burning or warmth where Elidel is applied is usually mild. It’s most likely to happen during your first few days using Elidel and typically goes away on its own.
If you have burning that does not go away or bothers you, talk with your doctor. They may recommend you stop using Elidel and try another treatment for your eczema.
Infection was a common side effect reported by people using Elidel cream in clinical studies. Most of the infections were mild. They included the flu and other viral infections, such as the common cold.
In rare cases, Elidel may increase your risk for serious infections, such as shingles.
Elidel can also increase your risk for skin infections, including chickenpox and cold sores. Keep in mind that having eczema can increase your risk for skin infections as well.
If you have symptoms of an infection, talk with your doctor about treating it before you start using Elidel. You should also speak with your doctor if you develop any symptoms of an infection while using Elidel.
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