FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition characterized by red, itchy and recurrent rashes. One of the problems in eczema is the loss of the natural protective barrier of the skin. Without this healthy barrier, your skin loses water and becomes dry and cracked. The loss of your skin's protective barrier can make it more sensitive to certain things (such as allergens and irritants) which means your skin will go through periods of getting worse, called flare-ups.

What is a flare-up?

A flare-up is the name commonly used to describe your skin when it gets worse. Flare-ups normally happen when your skin gets too dry or is exposed to triggers like harsh soaps, hot climate, etc.. It's possible to reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups by avoiding triggers.

What is a trigger?

A trigger is the name given to something that makes your eczema become worse (called a flare-up). A trigger can be anything from heat, dust mites, cosmetic products to animal dander and stress. It's possible to avoid some triggers or change the way you do things to help avoid your eczema flaring up.

Will eczema ever go away?

Eczema is usually diagnosed in infancy and childhood. The condition usually improves as the child gets older- although it’s possible it may return. In the meantime, there’s no cure for eczema but there are many ways to treat it and keep your skin clear for longer periods. Remember to always moisturize and follow what your doctor says.

What is Elica?

Elica is a topical steroid specially formulated to help relieve the symptoms of eczema. Applied once a day, Elica helps stop the itchiness, reduce the redness and ease the swelling.

What are the Elica variants available in the market?

Elica is available in cream and ointment formats. Elica cream is
generally used for wet, oozing lesions and areas of the body where skin is thinner such as
the face and body folds. Elica ointment is used for dry, thick lesions and areas of the body
where skin is generally thicker such as the palms of soles.

Is Elica safe for babies and children?

Clinical trials have demonstrated Elica’s efficacy and tolerability in
children as young as 7 months. However, any side effect from systemic use of steroids may
also occur especially in infants and children. It is always best to consult your doctor before
using Elica on infants and young children.

How long should I use Elica?

It is recommended that Elica be used for not more than 2 weeks. If
your rashes persist or do not seem to respond to treatment, please see your doctor.

For what kind of rashes can Elica be used for?

Elica is specially formulated to help manage the symptoms of eczema, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and other types of corticosteroid responsive dermatosis.

How much is Elica?

The suggested retail price of Elica cream 5g is P428.00. The suggested retail price of Elica ointment 5g is P428.00

How do I apply Elica?

Elica is applied once a day to the rashes. You may refer to the How to Apply Topical Steroids article on the Treating Eczema tab in our website – treateczema.ph for specific instructions.

Can Elica be used as a maintenance medicine?

Elica is not intended to be used as a maintenance medication.

Can Elica be used for insect bites or for pimples?

Elica is not indicated for insect bites/pimples.

Can Elica be used together with a lotion / emollient?

Yes, Elica may be applied under an emollient.

Can Elica be used on the face?

Yes, Elica cream can be used on the face.

Can I apply make-up when I use Elica on my face?

Yes, Elica can be used under make-up

Where can I buy Elica?

Elica is available in all leading drugstores nationwide. Check out our Where to Buy section (insert link).

Can I use Elica if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

Thank you for your inquiry. It is not known whether topical administration of corticosteroids could result in sufficient systemic absorption to produce detectable quantities in breast milk. Systemically administered corticosteroids or those given via oral or IV route, are secreted into breast milk in quantities not likely to have a deleterious effect on the infant. Nevertheless, a decision should be made whether breastfeeding should be discontinued or Elica Cream or ointment be discontinued, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother. Topical corticosteroids should not be applied to the breasts prior to nursing.