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For mild to moderate eczema, topical corticosteroids, formulated as creams, ointments, lotions, foams or oils are commonly prescribed.
These agents, which come in many different strengths from class 1 (superpotent) to class 7 (low potency), are usually prescribed twice daily for a two to three week period.
Low potentcy corticosteroids are commonly used to treat the face, body folds (groin, axillary) and in the diaper area.
More potent steroids are applied on other parts of the body.
It is felt to be the second most common skin disease in African-Americans.There are three stages of eczema: acute, subacute and chronic. However, melanin in brown skin makes it more reactive to itching, irritation and inflammation.An individual with eczema may have only one stage or the stages may progress from one to another. When scratched or rubbed, the inflamed skin can become hyperpigmented, thickened and crusted.Although it is unknown if the incidence of eczema is increased in Latinos, one study found a significantly higher percent of Mexican American adolescents with eczema than white and African American adolescents.A study of Chinese, Vietnamese and white infants found a higher incidence in the Chinese and Vietnamese infants.
Understanding the causes of eczema, trigger factors and proper skin care techniques are the first step to treating eczema.