Cortisone Creams and Puffers

There’s no doubt that cortisone creams and puffers offer good control of asthma & eczema symptoms. As with any strong medication, there are side effects. Of most concern is the long-term use of asthma preventers and cortisone creams that affect bone formation. In adults, this can cause osteoporosis and in children, decreased growth of up to ¼ cm per year.

Therefore, cortisone should be considered as a last, not a first resort for managing skin conditions like eczema & asthma.

The body naturally produces cortisone. In allergic patients cortisone production from the adrenal glands is not enough to overcome symptoms.

Cortisone therapy helps reduce inflammation anywhere in the body, but does not treat the cause of the inflammation, so symptoms are controlled only while taking cortisone.

When cortisone creams are stopped, there can be a ‘rebound’ effect, with inflammation returning with a vengeance, especially in skin conditions like eczema.

If you decide to treat asthma or eczema naturally, you can keep taking cortisone until symptoms improve. Stopping puffers and oral cortisone medication must be done gradually, under medical supervision.

Vitamin & mineral supplements may offset side effects of long-term cortisone therapy.

Other ways of treating inflammation:

  • Reduce or eliminate red meat from the diet
  • If tolerated, eat fresh, deep-sea fish as often as possible – at least twice per week. Otherwise take a non- fish oil supplement (see below)
  • Keep your body alkaline by eating abundant vegetables, fruit and drinking plenty of water
  • Drink lemon juice in water to increase your body alkalinity


Supplements to take:

  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • Oils: Fish oil, Cod liver oil. Plant based oils are Flaxseed, (linseed oil), Borage oil, Evening primrose oil. Food sources: Fresh fish, nuts (not peanuts) sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pepitas, butternut.

Natural Treatment:

Homeopathic medicines can help to address the underlying cause of your symptoms.