I began Alclometasone for treatment 5 years ago when I first started being attacked by eczema. I would have it applied on my face (that's where the eczema was at the time) in a thin film. After a month of treatment my face almost completely cleared up, and then my doctor put me on something else to clear it up. I got a flare up this year with all the usual symptoms of eczema (itching, redness, and burning to name a few) and went to my dermatologist. Her assistant prescribed me this ointment for my skin.
This ointment comes in 2 formulations, cream and ointment. I chose ointment because it works faster and better than the cream. The package comes in 3 sizes: 15 g, 45 g, and 60 g. I have 45 grams and I consider it to be quite big to solve a minor skin condition. The tube has a puncture cap, the colors are yellow and white, and the bottom of the tube is crimped.
The directions say apply the ointment 2 or 3 times daily in a thin film. I almost always apply more than a film because if you wash your hands, you'll have some left over. Also, I do it to make sure all affected areas are covered. When you dry your affected area(s), make sure to pat dry with a towel until dry. The pharmacist told me to do this to prevent infection. Also, avoid touching the affected area(s), this is to prevent infection, too. You might also want to put gauze on the area(s) before bed to prevent the medicine from rubbing off. With directed use, I saw improvement of my hands in 3 weeks.
The only side effects I know of are hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis suppression, Cushing's syndrome, hypoglycemia, and glucosuria. I don't know about any of these, so talk to your dermatologist and doctor about them, though the first three do sound serious.
It does meet its purpose! After using as directed, your symptoms will clear up, if they don't consult your dermatologist.