i am currently using an ointment which called tacrolimus, it's a newer treatment and has offered me more releaf than any others i have tried.
here's some info which i cut & copied from netdoctor:
Tacrolimus was originally developed as an immunosuppressant medicine used for dampening down the immune system after organ transplants. It is still given both by mouth and by injection to people who have had a kidney or liver transplant to prevent their immune systems rejecting the transplant.
Tacrolimus ointment is a further development of this active ingredient for the local treatment of eczema.
Tacrolimus ointment is known scientifically as a topical immunomodulator. While it is not fully understood how it works in eczema, its effect in the skin is similar to pimecrolimus.
It has been shown to prevent the production of cytokines by T-cells in the skin. It is also known to prevent the release of inflammatory chemicals called basophils and eosinophils from mast cells and white blood cells.
Like pimecrolimus, it suppresses inflammatory reactions in the skin.
These new non-steroid medicines are not regular treatments, but are used to control flare-ups of atopic eczema as and when they occur.
They have been shown to be very effective at reducing inflammation in atopic eczema, with most people experiencing greatly reduced itching after the first three days of treatment.
i ended up paying around $80 for a 30 gram tube but i feel it is totally worth it. as long as i apply it everyday, 2 times a day it does help to reduce the redness and flare-ups. the only downside is that i cannot go out into the sun if i have applied this ointment unless i am covered up, and in the summer that is a big pain.
i have also found that AVEENO SKin Relief Moisturizing Lotion works to combat the itch. i apply to my skin after the tacrolimus.