Hi Chelle, sorry to hear you have severe E. I have a mild case of it on one of my hands, that's it (thank god)
I have had it under controll for sometime now. What I do is use over the counter hydocorizone creme when it flares up.
To keep it from flaring up I use products without fragrance added. Laundry det., (All free n clear), Cetaphil bath soap and lotion.
I have not found a shampoo yet, so I wash my hair with my good hand. I'm sure the health food store has one, I'll have to check.
I wear gloves when I do dishes, clean house, and wash the car. I don't use hairspray, gel or any styling products in my hair, it gets on my hands and starts it up. I eat my share of fruits, salads, and chicken and try to stay away from fried and processed foods and most importantly I drink a lot of water, and limit the soda's.
I believe that it is very possible for you to get off the predisone, and the sooner you do so the better.
A healthy diet and lots of water will rid your body of toxins that contribute to E.
Why don't you start with giving your local health food store a call, I believe it would be a step in the right direction.
Best of luck to you, and may 2007 be the year you become E free
One more thing, when you get off the predisone, you shouldn't just stop taking it, you have to do it gradually, like down to 20mgs for about a week and the 10mg for a week. Ask your doc, he can tell you exactly how it should be done.