Corticosteroids have been used in MS treatment since the 1940’s, and their anti-inflammatory effect has been established in many studies. However, MS is a highly individualized disease, with no two people having the exact same experience or symptoms. There is great variability in the severity of relapses and the degree to which relapses respond to corticosteroid therapy. The research studies that have been conducted on corticosteroids vary, because not everyone initiates treatment with corticosteroids as soon as the relapse symptoms begin, so it’s difficult to predict how fast or how completely corticosteroids will work for the individual. 3
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.