Thanks for writing to us.Elidel
has a very small risk of causing cancer. Had it been so common, we would have stopped prescribing it. So if its the only reason you do not want to use it, please be assured you would never devlop one as for eczema
treatment required would not be so prolonged so as to increase cancer risk.
Anyways in my practice i usually prescribe a very mild steroid like desonide
to be used two times in a day over affected area along with use of moisturiser. normally eye lid eczema would respond in five to seven days maximum. Once it has cleared use desonide over affected area on alternate nights for a week and then stop. If there are episodes of recurrence, then I prescribe elidel after a short course of steroid for its steroid sparing effect( gives same results as steroids
without any side effect).
Also avoid any cosmetic eye application till lesions clear completely.