After several weeks of progressively bad eczema, I caved about a week ago and have been using hydrocortisone to tame my skin. We took baby Simon in for his first check-up and I got to talking with my doctor who offered to write me a prescription. It's a low concentration which I've been applying once at bedtime (thin layer). It's crazy how well - and quickly - this stuff works. It's certainly not a long-term solution in any way, but I admit it's helping me battle the post-partum-winter-coldness-baby-to-care-for situation in which I currently find myself.
My sense is, without the cortisone use and despite the diet considerations, my eczema would still be progressing before healing. I'm still experiencing the odd touch of itchiness, maybe once a day (which is actually not too bad). Anyhow, I'll give the cortisone a rest for the next week or so and we'll see how things develop over that time. Fingers crossed.
Below is a chronological account of the eczema on cortisone. Again, apologies for the bad photography!