|Get back on the oral steroids! If you or your herbalist still insist on using Chinese herbal remedies, ask for something that will boost your immunity if that's your concern with taking oral steroids. That way, you can get the best of both worlds. And after the course of Pred, take some Calcium supplements.
And use a cold compress using domeboro, which you can get over the counter. It helps to cool down the affected area and dries out any oozing.
My last two exposures/reactions have all cleared up after a few days of taking prednisone...total heal time, 2 weeks. Blisters form within 2, spreads for another 3-4, and oozes until I finally bring myself in to see a doctor to get the Pred. Without it, the itching, swelling, pain is almost unbearable.
Make sure you take it all...kinda like taking antibiotics..you'll need to keep taking the whole course even after symptoms clear to make sure you don't have another outbreak. Let your Doc know that after your last course of Pred, you had another outbreak..maybe it wasn't long enough. I usually go 2 for 2 day, then 1 for 2 days, then 1/2 for 2 days..I forget the dosage, and knock on wood (that's clear of the plant ;-) ) I won't need it this year.