How can I address skin and nerve irritation?

Published: October 1, 2012

Dear Dr. T,

I have suffered nerve irritation on my skin since about five years ago when I wrongly used nail polish remover and dettol on my skin and after then I used a lot of strong steroid creams (Clobevate, predenisolone, etc.) on this area. But the problem is still persisting. Someone advised me to use Gabapentin; someone advised me to use anti-allergic, anti-depressants, etc. I don't know what to do and which cream will be helpful for me. I am already hypersensitive to steroids like hydrocortisone, clobevate, and others. And there is no use of heavy steroids on  this particular area in the dermatology world. But I was really diganosed by unqualified doctors here. Do you think that a lactic-acid-based cream 5% or 6% can be used on skin folding area or a zinc-based cream, etc., for restrengthening plus moisturizing? I feel my skin has become too dry because of topical strong steroids. I need to get rid of this problem.

I found you after a great search. Kindly give me the best advice regarding my problem. Thank you.




Once you have seen your physician throughout something dangerous, I think that except for using hydrocortisone 0.1% (over-the-counter) a few times a week, I would leave the area to dry so it can heal. I think the gabapentin is a good idea to try, as is a somewhat-sedating medication during the evening such as diphenhydramine or Atarax.

I need to defer to your dermatologist beyond what I have noted. It may be worth trying some vitamin E oil topically.  I hope this is helpful.

Love and blessings,

Dr. T

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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