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Suffering from eczema and usage of medication during pregnancy

I ve been suffering from eczema for many many years and have been using bethamethasone neomycin (betnovate-n) for years to relieve itchy and inflammed skin especially on my palm, fingers, ankle and feet . Now that i m planning to conceive, can i still continue using the topical medication? I googled and came across many articles that highlights the side effects and risks and became worried. What are the risks if i were to continue using and what happens if im unaware that i m pregnant while still using the cream? What should i do? Please advice.
Asked On : Wed, 29 Feb 2012
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Hi, you could use coal tar which has been used for years for its soothing effect on inflamed skin. Today, coal tar comes in numerous preparations, many of which are available over the counter. It is effective and free of side effects. Certain topical steroids are considered safe during pregnancy but must be used in small quantities. Consult your dermatologist to prescribe one without neomycin just with corticosteriode.
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