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.
Abstract: Exposure to stressful events has profound impact on hippocampus-dependent learning and memory processes. Traumatic and stressful experiences are remembered well in general, but have also been reported to suppress learning and memory processes. These bi-directional effects are, at least in part, modulated by corticosteroid hormones that are released during exposure to stressful experiences. An important question that remains to be addressed is how exactly exposure to stressful situations and elevated corticosteroid hormone levels affect learning and memory processes. Evidence is accumulating that exposure to stressful situations and elevated corticosteroid hormone levels modulates fast excitatory amino acid mediated synaptic transmission and synaptic plasticity, which are considered to underlie learning and memory processes in the hippocampus. In particular, exposure to stressful events has been reported to facilitate synaptic plasticity when delivered shortly before or after high frequency stimulation. By contrast, stressful events and elevated corticosteroid hormones suppress synaptic potentiation when stress precedes high frequency stimulation. From the mechanistic point of view, it is potentially important that exposure to stressful events and elevated corticosteroid hormone levels target key mechanisms that are involved in synaptic plasticity, . AMPA receptors and NMDA receptors.