Ask an expert

13 Dec 2002

Eczema in babies
My five month old baby has eczema (cheeks and wrists only). Does this pre-dispose my baby to Lupus conditions in later life? The eczema condition seems to be similar to Lupus, especialy with regards the fact that it is seems to emanate from over active cells in the immune system. There is a cream available in the US called Protopic and it does not contain steriods - is it available here?

I am currently using a doctor's prescription (Procutan / Acqueous) to treat my baby and it has so far been effective. I think Procutan is a steroid creme. Is it safe to use it for long periods of time?
Answer 482 views

01 Jan 0001

Kay, if it’s just eczema that your childs has, you don’t have to worry about it going over into Lupus. Lupus has a skin rash that may look like eczema, but this doesn’t mean that eczema will go over into Lupus.
If you can let me know (as a new question please) what the active ingredient in Protopic is, I can find out for you whether we have a similar product in SA.
Procutan® is a cortisone cream, but if used correctly it will cause less problems than the eczema in the long run. Good luck.
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.