The best thing to do is to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist
. I would say that oral prednisone is not a good answer for eczema
in any patient. While I agree that prednisone would be quite effective at reducing the symptoms of eczema there are much better options with much fewer side effects than oral prednisone. Thus, the answer to your question is no I would not recommend taking your mother's prednisone for your eczema. The standard treatment for eczema is a topical steroid. Therefore you're getting the same medication just like prednisone into your eczema but instead of acting throughout your body causing side effects it is only acting at the site of your irritation. There are many different types of topical steroids some of which can be purchased over the counter. You can purchase 0.5% hydrocortisone over-the-counter though it is unlikely to work for you eczema. It just isn't strong enough. I would suggest that you schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. He or she will be able to make sure that it is in fact eczema that you have. In addition, you can get a prescription for a high potency steroid which can clear up your problem very quickly without the side effects of a systemic (orally taken) steroid such as prednisone.